Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Real Daughter" of the Union

From the March 19, 2011, (Mo.) News-Leader "Woman, 95, has close ties to Civil War past."

Lorene Miller Meadows, 95, is a "Real Daughetr" member of the Daughters of Union Veterans organization.  Her father was James Alexander Miller who was 17 when he enlisted April 4, 1864, in Nashville, Tennessee, and served in the war's last year.

By July 31st, he had been captured and held at Andersonville and remained a prisoner for the rest of the war.  Miller was paroled at Jacksonville, Florida, April 28, 1865, nineteen days after Lee's surrender.  He evidently had been moved from Andersonville as Union forces approached and very likely was held at the short-lived prison camp which was just located last year (can't remember the name, but I wrote about it).

On November 11, 1866, he married Angeline Shearer, and had seven children, moving to Missouri in 1872.  Angeline died in 1910 and Miller married Agnes Ward in 1913 and they had one child, Lorene Elizabeth, born in 1915. 

Her father, James, died of pneumonia April 5, 1920, when Lorene was five.  He is buried next to Angeline near Mt. Vernon, Missouri.  She has few memories of her father, but her mother told her stories her husband had told her about the horrors of Andersonville.

Those Old Guys, Both Blue and Gray, Were Having Children Way Late in Life.  --Old Secesh

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