Thursday, January 29, 2009

Home Site of General William Miller


This shady spot at Point Washington on Choctawhatchee Bay was the site of the post-war home of Brigadier General William Miller.

A graduate of West Point and veteran of the Mexican-American War, Miller was the original colonel of the 1st Florida Infantry. After serving in Florida in 1861, he led his regiment north to fight at Shiloh and Stones River. Severely wounded in the latter battle, he came back to Florida to recuperate and by 1864 was placed in command of the 1st Florida Infantry Reserves, a new regiment of state troops, with the rank of brigadier general.

In this capacity, Miller served as second-in-command to Major General Samuel Jones during the Battle of Natural Bridge on March 6, 1865. The Confederate victory was the last significant Southern victory of the War Between the States and preserved Tallahassee's status as the only Confederate capital east of the Mississippi not taken by Union forces.

After the war, General Miller returned to civilian life and rebuilt his timber enterprises in West Florida. He lived many of his final years at Point Washington, a charming and quiet little community on Choctawhatchee Bay near present-day Seaside and Destin. He is buried in Pensacola.
General Miller's home no longer stands in Point Washington, but the site is marked. To learn more about the victory he helped to achieve at Battle of Natural Bridge, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/nbindex.

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