Miller, Addison

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Addison B. Miller was the son of Albert Miller (B. 1821, D. after 1880) and Sophia Bogardus (B. 1823, D. after 1880), and was born in Rensselaerville, August 18, 1845.[1][2] He was one of four children.[1]

Military Service

Residence: Berne, NY[3]
Place of Birth: Berne, NY[3]
Date of Birth: 1841[3]
Names of Parents: Albert (Miller) and Sophia Bogardus[3]
Marital Status: Single[3]
Occupation: Farmer[3]
Term of Enlistment: 3 years[3]
Bounty Received: $100.00[3]
Enlistment Date: 28 Aug 1862
Enlistment Place: Berne, New York [3]
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 61st Infantry
Company: Company I[3]
Company: Company D[4]
Killed in Action on: 13 Dec 1862[3]
Death Place: Fredericksburg, VA.[3]
Place of Burial: Fredericksburg, VA.[3]
Additional Remarks: "Died of wounds received in battle at Fredericksburg Dec 13, 1862 buried at Fredericksburg Cemetery"[3]

Born in Berne in 1841, Age 18, Farmer, Dark eyes, Black hair, Light complexion, 5'8" tall.[5]

Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers; 1865 census, Berne, Albany Co., NY; Howell, George Rogers, History of the County of Albany, NY from 1609-1886, W. W. Munsell & Co., 1886, page 817; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War

Marriage and Children

Addison did not marry before his death.


Addison B. Miller died on december 14th 1862 in a field hospital in Fredericksburg, Maryland after being shot the previous day during battle.[2] He was buried in Fredericksburg.[2]

Additional Research Notes

Addison B. Miller and his Civil War service was also recorded in the book: Howell, George Rogers, Bicentennial History of the County of Albany 1609-1886, Published 1886, page 817.

Additional Media

Heroes of Albany County


Addison B. Miller was the son of Albert and Sophia Miller, and was born in Rensselaerville, August 18, 1845.

He was religiously educated, and early developed superior talents, a sound judgment, and correct moral principals. He was not a professed Christian, and when urging his parents to let him go to the war, his mother said that if he was a Christian she would give her consent. He replied: “Let me go, and I will try and become a Christian.” When told of the hardships and dangers of a soldier’s life, he said: “Some persons must go, and I am no better than others.”

He enlisted in Company D, Sixty-first New York Regiment. After having experienced some skirmishing, he wrote home that he had no more fear while fighting than he had while writing his letter. The marches through which he passed were very severe, but he endured all without a murmur.

On the 13th of December, 1862, as he was bravely charging the enemy’s batteries, a musket ball struck him in the right breast and passed through his lungs. He was borne from the field at night, and taken to a house in Fredericksburg, which was used by the Fifth New Hampshire Regiment as a hospital. His wound was dressed, and he lived until the next day, when he died at ten o’clock in the forenoon. His remains were wrapped in a blanket, and buried in a yard adjoining the house.

After he was wounded, he was conscious of his condition, and manifested a submission to the will of his Heavenly Father. He died putting his trust in God.

His letters which he wrote, having breathed the most earnest patriotism, and expressed his readiness to die for his country’s cause.

The following is an extract from one. The date is not given:

Dear Father and Mother—As I have just fifteen minutes to write, I thought that I would let you know that I am well.

We left Boliver Heights last Wednesday, and have been marching ever since. Yesterday we sere skirmishing all day. To-day I have been on picket duty in sight of the rebels. We expect a battle soon, and they must fight or run. This may be the last that you will hear from me, but I hope that I shall meet you in a better world than this. IT does not make much difference where or when we die, if we are only prepared. I hope and think that I am.

Your affectionate son,


Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War

Died of wounds received in battle at Fredericksburg Dec 13, 1862 buried at Fredericksburg Cemetery


  1. 1.0 1.1
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Clark, Rufus Wheelwright, "Heroes of Albany; A memorial of the Patriot-martyrs of the City and County", 1867
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
  4. Heroes of Albany
  5. NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Military databases