Merrill F. Hummel’s essay discusses Captain William E. Miller’s Medal of Honor, which he received as a result of his actions during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Miller lived in Carlisle on North Hanover Street and served in the Third Pennsylvania Calvary during the Civil War. Hummel includes Miller’s account of his actions during the battle, which are from a letter he wrote to his brother on July 7, 1863. Miller received his Medal of Honor on July 21, 1897. After the war, Miller returned to Carlisle and helped establish the Captain Colwell Post No. 201 of the Grand Army of the Republic. He also joined the Historical Association of Cumberland County and wrote an article in 1902 about the Confederates in Carlisle during the Civil War, which is available on Library Divided.
This essay has been posted online with permission from the Cumberland County Historical Society.