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Sgt. George P Miller - 12th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment - Civil War Dog Tag


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KingsMountainTigers

Sergeant George P Miller was born in Alton, New Hampshire on March 5, 1842.
Upon the organization of the company A of the 12th New Hampshire Volunteers, he was appointed second corporal and afterward
promoted to Sergeant. Sgt. Miller served in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Port Walthall.

 

Sgt. Miller would be injured by a shell concussion at Chancellorsville. He would also lose two of his brothers due to the war.

Sgt. Miller's worst combat experience would be at the battle of Chancellorsville. The information below was taken from Ironbrigador.com, and explains the hardships that Sgt. Miller faced at the battle of Chancellorsville. The 12th New Hampshire would suffer more casualties than any other Union regiment at Chancellorsville:

 

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Below is a photo of Sgt. Miller's dog tag that I now have the honor of owning. The ID disc is in remarkable condition and I did have it authenticated by Dave. Upon researching, I discovered The History Of The Twelfth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, written in 1897, that lists some additional information on Sgt. Miller. Incredibly, there is even a sketch of Sgt. Miller and his dog tag can be seen pinned to the front of his uniform. I could only find two photos online with Civil War soldiers wearing dog tags and they are located in the same spot as Miller's. The ID disk is now one of the most historical items and my collection and I wanted to share Sgt. Miller's story with the members of the forum. All comments welcomed! 

 

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That's a fantastic piece.  I can't blame you for being proud of it.  I know I would be. 

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M24 Chaffee

Amazing piece of ACW history!

 

Frank

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cylekostello

Awesome tag. Great to have a photo of him as well. Congrats on the pickup! 

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USCapturephotos

That’s an awesome piece! I have one as well from the 93rd PV and it is cherished. You are correct in saying that many soldiers wore those at approximately that position on their uniforms as I have seen many images with them worn that way.

Paul

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Thanks for showing this! How did they attach these disc tags to their uniforms?

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KingsMountainTigers

I'm really not sure. I'm assuming they would pin them to the uniform or possibly even sew them to the front of the uniform. Maybe someone else on the forum is more knowledgeable on this subject. I'm actually going to be ordering a book that specifically focuses on Civil War dog tags and it might discuss how they attached them to their uniforms.

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