Welcome to "Remembering the 142nd PVI". The purpose of this site is post pictures, information, and the final resting places of this regiment of the American Civil War. It seeks to tell a "bottom up" history, straight from the common soldiers themselves. If you have any information concerning the 142nd, please email me at bmonticue@gmail.com. Thank you and enjoy.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pvt. Gillian Miller, Co. C

Gillian Miller, the eldest son of Jacob and Elizabeth Miller, was born in Rockwood, Somerset County, PA in 1841. Jacob worked as a farmer, and he and his wife were the parents of 12.

On August 25, 1862, Gillian was mustered into military service at Camp Curtin, outside of Harrisburg, PA when he joined Co. C 142nd PA Infantry. He was also one of the fortunate ones who made it through the entire war physically unharmed. He was mustered out with his company on May 29, 1865.

After the war, Gillian moved back home and started his own life as a farmer. He was married to his wife Mary in 1867, and the couple would eventually have six children. A family photo is seen below.

Front row: Anna (Miller) Atchison, Mary Miller, Gillian Miller, William Miller
Back row: Ed Miller, James Miller, George H. Miller, Laura (Miller) Weimer
Photo: Down the Road of Our Past Book III by Rockwood Area Historical & Genealogical Society

The 142nd held a 40th Anniversary reunion in Berlin, Somerset County, PA in September of 1902. According to the Berlin Record, Gillian Miller was one of the attendees. 

Gillian Miller passed away in 1926 and his buried beside his wife in Hauger Church Cemetery, Black Twp, Somerset County, PA.

Pvt. Perry Lee, Co. C

Perry Lee was born around 1846 in Pennsylvania. During the 1850 census, he and four other Lee children between the ages of 1 and 17 were living with Andrew and Sarah Growall in Milford Twp, Somerset County, PA. What happened to their parents is unknown.

On August 26, 1862, at the age of the 16, Perry Lee was mustered into Co. C 142nd PA Infantry.

During the 1864 Overland Campaign, the 142nd was in a hotly contested battle at Laurel Ridge, just outside of Spotsylvania Courthouse, VA. Pvt. Lee was severely wounded in his right leg during this fighting and had the leg amputated on May 12, 1864. He survived two weeks after the amputation and passed away on May 27, 1864 from his battle wounds.

Lee was laid to rest at the new Arlington National Cemetery, just across the Potomac from Washington.

Pvt. John Hoover, Co. C

John Hoover was born in 1844 in Milford Twp, Somerset County, PA to Samuel and Martha Hoover. According to the 1850 Federal Census, Samuel provided for his family by working as a sawyer, or someone who saws wood in the logging industry.

John was mustered into the Army of the Potomac on August 25, 1862 when he joined Co. C 142nd PA Infantry. During Gen. Grant's first campaign as Commander of all Federal Forces, Pvt. Hoover was wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5, 1864. He was discharged from the service by General Order on June 2, 1865.

After the war, John and his wife Harriet moved west and settled in Kansas. John Hoover lived to be one hundred years old when he passed away in 1944. He and Harriet are buried together in Sabetha, Nemaha County, Kansas.