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Civil War Soldiers - McMillan

McMillan, James W., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Clark county, Ky., April 28, 1825. He removed to Illinois, and in the Mexican war served as sergeant in the 4th Ill. infantry, and also in a Louisiana regiment. He was commissioned by President Lincoln colonel of the 1st Ind. artillery, July 24, 1861, and he was promoted brigadier-general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862. He was engaged with the army of Gen. B. F. Butler, which cooperated with the naval force under Farragut in the opening of the Mississippi, and captured the Confederate blockade-runner "Fox," one of the richest prizes of the war. Gen. McMillan particularly distinguished himself in the Red River campaign, where, after Gen. Franklin was wounded and Gen. Emory assumed command of the corps, he succeeded to the command of the 1st division. With this division he held the ground at Sabine cross-roads and covered the retreat of the Federal army, saving it from destruction. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 5, 1865, and resigned from the army May 15 following. He subsequently received an appointment as a member of the board of review of the United States pension office. Gen. McMillan died March 9, 1903.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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