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Milton Mills
Captain, Company K (90-day)
Captain, Company D
Major, Field and Staff
born: September 27, 1831 place: Dresden, Ohio
father: Thomas Mills born: 1798 place: Virginia died: February 21, 1851 place: Dresden, Ohio
mother: Elizabeth Ferguson born: November 4, 1797 place: Pennsylvania died: September 10, 1876 place: Dresden, Ohio (gravesite)
pre-war occupation: miller, laborer place: Ohio post-war occupation: miller, workhouse officer place: Zanesville, Ohio
married: March 8, 1856 to: Emeline Ann Hughes place: Muskingum County, Ohio
wife born: place: died: April, 1858
believed to have died of influenza
child: Anabel born: place: died: bef. 1860 - believed to have died of influenza place:
married: January 10, 1869 to: Caterine Jane Spaulding place: Zanesville, Ohio
wife born: January 30, 1846 place: Quincy, Illinois died: May 25, 1922 place: Louisiana, Missouri
child: Rose Ella born: August 5, 1869 place: Salem, Ohio died: September 19, 1954 place: Louisiana, Missouri
child: George Emmet born: May 3, 1872 place: died: October 15, 1949 place: Alameda, California
died: April 21, 1889 place: Zanesville, Ohio cause of death: lung and kidney disease
Military Career
Local Militia: 1857 Lieutenant Member of Muskingum Rangers, a local militia unit place: Muskingum County, Ohio
90-day service: April 27, 1861 Captain Company K place:
discharged: August 18, 1861 mustered out with regiment place:
3-year service: September 13, 1861 Captain Company D place:
captured: December 29, 1862 place: Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi
imprisoned: December 29, 1862 thru abt. January 1, 1863 place: Vicksburg, Mississippi
promoted: January 13, 1863 Major Field and Staff
imprisoned: abt. January 1, 1863 thru March 14, 1863 place: Jackson, Mississippi, probably in prison bridge, Pearle River
in transit: March 14 to March 24, 1863 place: to Mobile and Montgomery, Alabama; to Atalanta, Georgia; to Lynchburg, Virginia; to Richmond, Virginia
imprisoned: March 24, 1863 to April 12, 1863 place: Libby Prison, Richomnd, Virginia
exchanged: April 12, 1863 place: City Point, Virginia
in transit: April 12 thru abt. April 15, 1863 place: City Point, Virginia to Camp Parole, Maryland on board steamer Whilden;
in transit: abt. April 23 to April 25, 1863 place: Camp Parole, Maryland to Dresden, Ohio, via railroad
at home: April 25 thru May 20, 1863 place: Dresden, Ohio
in transit: May 20 thru June 3, 1863 place: Dresden, Ohio to Memphis, Tennessee; on board steamer Luminary, June 1, to Vicksburg, Mississippi
re-joined regiment: June 3, 1863 place: Vicksburg, Mississippi
resigned: February 12, 1864 due to health place: Matagorda Island, Texas
appointed: December 24, 1864 Captain, recruiting officer First Corps, General Hancock place:

Additional Details

Read the Personal Papers of Milton Mills.

Milton Mills lived in several different towns in Ohio during his lifetime. He lived in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, on Main Street according to the 1880 Ohio census. The Mills' daughter, Rosella, was born in 1869 while the family lived in Adamsville, Ohio, and their son, George, was born in 1872.

Milton Mills Cathrine Spaulding Mills

tintype photo of Milton Mills

Catherine Spaulding Mills, wife of Milton

newspaper article about Muskingum Rangers militia

The Dresden Doings, January 20, 1877, remembering a social event of January 1, 1857, in which the local militia unit, known as the Muskingum Rangers, participated and of which Milton Mills was a member before the war. Note that Mills, a Lieutenant, and other members would later enlist in the 16th Ohio.
Thanks to Betsy Sternau, website contributor.

officer's coat of Maj. Milton MIlls officer's coat of Maj. Milton MIlls

Milton Mills' officer's coat and sash

mill in Zanesville, Ohio

A grain mill in Zanesville, Ohio, which may have been operated by Milton Mills

Rosella Mills, daughter of Milton and Catherine

Rosella Mills, daughter of Milton and Catherine Mills, as a young child, about 1876

Rosella Mills, seated at right

Rosella, age 17, seated at right, about 1886

newspaper obituary for Milton Mills

Milton Mills' obituary from Zanesville, Ohio, newspaper, April 21, 1889

newspaper obituary for Milton Mills

Milton Mills' obituary from The Semi-Weekly Age, Coshocton, Ohio, newspaper, April 26, 1889

government pension card for Milton Mills

Government pension index card for Milton Mills; used to track pensions paid to deceased soldiers' dependents

Read the Personal Papers of Milton Mills

gates to Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio

Old and new views of entrance to Greenwood Cemetery in Zanesville, Ohio, built in 1884, five years before Milton Mills' casket passed through.

gates to Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio
Newton Mills, brother of Milton

Newton Mills, younger brother of Milton
(seated near son, Fred), about 1900

Rosella Mills

Rosella Mills O'Brien,
in later years, at her home in Louisiana, Missouri, about 1927
(note horse and wagon on street)

Rosella Mills at gravesite of Milton Mills, 1948

Rosella Mills O'Brien,
at her father's grave in Greenwood Cemetery
Zanesville, Ohio
May 30, 1948

gravesite of Milton Mills, Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio

gravestone of Major Milton Mills
Greenwood Cemetery, Zanesville, Ohio
thanks to H. Arlan Heiser

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