|Birth||Feb. 6, 1844|
|Death||Oct. 3, 1931|
|Unit||44th Illinois Infantry, Company G|
First Sergeant William Miner
Company G, 44th Illinois Infantry
Miner was born in Illinois on February 6, 1844. He was residing in Rockford (Winnebago County), Illinois when he enlisted as a corporal on August 1, 1861. He was mustered on September 13, 1861 and served over 4 years. He re-enlisted on January 1, 1864 and was discharged on September 25, 1865 at Fort Lavaca, Texas. Miner was promoted to first sergeant on July 11, 1865. He was commissioned to 1st lieutenant but was not mustered.
The 44th Illinois Infantry was organized and mustered at Chicago on September 13, 1861. During Miner’s enlistment, the regiment fought in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:
Battle of Pea Ridge (AK) (March 6-8, 1862).
Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862).
Battle of Stone’s River (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses were 28 killed and 3 wounded.
Battle of Chickamauga (GA) (September 19-20, 1863).
Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).
Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).
Assault on Kenesaw (GA) (June 27, 1864).
Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).
Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).
Battle of Jonesboro (GA) (August 31-September 1, 1864).
Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).
Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).
Miner died on October 3, 1931 at the age of 87 years. He is buried in the Exeter Cemetery in Exeter (Fillmore County), Nebraska. Miner was a member of the Brown Post (#76) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Exeter.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.