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GEORGE HENRY THOMAS
July 31, 1816
March 28, 1870
53 years, 7 months, 28 days
MAJOR-GENERAL ROBERT HUSTON MILROY.
MILROY.-Died, in Olympia, Washington, March 19, 1890, ROBERT Hustox MILROY, late Major-General United States Volunteers, aged 73 years, 9 months, 8 days.
ROBERT Huston MILROY, one of the best known generals of the War of the Rebellion, was born near Salem, Washington county, Indiana, June 11, 1816, the eldest of a family of ten-seven sons and three daughters. In 1826, his father moved to Carroll county. His early years were passed, like those of most boys in his condition, in active work. He thus acquired a robust frame and great physical strength.
He had, always, an insatiable love of books. His father, filled with the falsely-named “democratic” prejudice against colleges, refused ROBERT's urgent desire for a collegiate education. But the lad was kept well supplied with reading, and educated himself. In 1840, when he was twenty-four years old, he had laid up money enough to secure his wishes, and he entered Norwich Military University, in Vermont, then an institution of considerable renown. He graduated at the bead of his class in 1813, receiving the degrees of master in arts, in military science, and in civil engineering. He spent some time in New England, engaged in surveying, teaching, and kindred occu
pations. In 1845, he went to Texas, intending to make that young republic his home. But the death of his father soon called him back, and he returned to Indiana, where he began the study of law.
The Mexican War broke up his plans. Enlisting in the 1st Indiana Infantry, he was soon commissioned captain, and joined the army of GENERAL TAYLOR. At the head of his company, he took part in all the engaçements of that army from Metamoras to Buena Vista. He was every-where distinguished for enterprise and gallantry.
At the close of the war, he came back to Indiana, and entered the law school at Bloomington, graduating, in 1850, Bachelor of Laws. The same year, he was admitted to the bar. He soon gained a successful practice, and, in 1852, was appointed by the Governor president. judge of the eighth district. In 1854, he moved to Rensselaer, and was winning his way in his profession when the War of the Rebellion again called him to the field. He had been appointed by GOVERNOR LANE one of his aides, in February, 1861, and bad attempted to raise a military company, but succeeded in getting only two recruits. The President's Proclamation, of April 15th, instantly changed all this. Before the dawn of day, on the 16th, he was rousing the town with fife and drum, and he had not eaten his breakfast till his company was complete and reported to GOVERNOR Morrox as ready for duty. It was at once accepted, with himself as captain, and assigned to the 9th Indiana Infantry. On the 27th of April, he was commissioned colonel of the regiment. At its head, he went to West Virginia, where he soon found most active duty. He was engaged at Phillippi on the 3d of June, and again at Carrick's Ford on the 13th. At the latter place, the rebel GENERAL GARNETT was killed and his forces routed. The reports speak of “ COLONEL MILROY's gallantry and perseverance in the long and arduous march,” his men “suffering from hunger, rain, and cold.” By these and similar actions, Western Virginia was freed from rebel domination.
On the 3d of September, 1861, he was appointed brigadier-general of volunteers, at the same time with GENERALS HOWARD, McCook, SICKLES, LEW WALLACE, and other distinguished soldiers. He was