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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