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MILLER, James, soldier, born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, 25 April, 1776; died in Temple, New Hampshire, 7 July, 1851. He was educated for the law, but in 1808 entered the United States army as major of the 4th infantry, and was lieutenant-colonel in 1810. He commanded at the battle of Brownstown, 9 August, 1812, was brevetted colonel for gallantry in that action, fought at Fort George, 27 May, 1813, and was colonel of the 21st infantry at Chippewa and Lundy's Lane. In the latter affair the success of the Americans depended on the capture of a British battery. "Can you take it ?" asked General Winfield Scott. "I will try, sir," he said, and with great gallantry led his command to the assault, captured the battery, and decided the fortune of the day. For this service he was brevetted brigadier-general, and received a gold medal from congress. He was governor of Arkansas in 1819-'25, and collector of the port of Salem, Massachusetts, in 1825-'49.-His son, James Fergurson, naval officer, born in Peterborough, New Hampshire, 29 April, 1805; died in Boston, Massachusetts, 11 July, 1868. was appointed midshipman in 1826, passed midshipman in 1832, and lieutenant in 1837. He served through the Mexican war, but in consequence of African fever, from which he never fully recovered, was placed in the reserved list in 1855. He became commander on the retired list in 1861, and commodore in 1867.
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