James Miller, Medal of Honor Recipient

<< >>
Black and white photographic portrait of Medal of Honor recipient James Miller, wearing medal, for service during the Civil War.
The inscription on the reverse indicates that Miller served as a Master's Mate onboard the U.S.S. Marblehead, and participated in the "engagement with the rebel batteries on Stono River," during the Civil War on December 25, 1863. The inscription goes on to state that Miller was "noted for bravery and coolness in casting the lead and giving the soundings wile exposed to a dangerous fire, and only retired, reluctantly, when ordered to do so; also commended for admirable management at the wheel."
Miller was born in Denmark and the U.S.S. Miller, a Fletcher-class destroyer, was named in his honor.
Official Citation:
Rank and organization. Quartermaster, U.S. Navy Born 1835 Denmark. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864 Citation: Served as quartermaster on board the U.S. Steam Gunboat Marblehead off Legareville, Stono River, 25 December 1863, during an engagement with the enemy on John's Island. Acting courageously under the fierce hostile fire, Miller behaved gallantly throughout the engagement which resulted in the enemy's withdrawal and abandonment of its arms.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 3/8 in x 5 1/4 in; 18.7325 cm x 13.335 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Medal of Honor
related event
Civil War
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Naval
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Portraits
Data Source
National Museum of American History


Add a comment about this object