Capt. Miller
Photo courtesy of the Cumberland County Historical Society

Among the Civil War memorabilia now on display at Cumberland County Historical Society, 21 N. Pitt St., Carlisle, is this portrait of Capt. William Miller, a native of West Pennsboro Township. Miller was awarded the Medal of Honor for a key attack at the Battle of Gettysburg. On July 3, 1863, he disobeyed orders to hold his position and led a charge by the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry’s Co. H, made up primarily of Newville-area men, on the flank of Confederate Brig. Gen. Wade Hampden’s advancing forces. The local men’s attack threw the Rebels into disarray, helping win the day for the North.

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