Barney Miller War Records
Hello, Received war records and he moved around as follows from the reports
pulse 96,  respiration 24,  temp normal,  height 6' 1" , weight 154, 48 years old mar 9, 1887
Wounded May 28, 1864 Dallas Ga. Altoona Campaign
Illnesses at Corinth waded  Bear Creek and caught dysentery and rheumatism

Dec 7, 1875  New Frankfort scott Ind.
Aug. 8, 1882 Alton Oregon Mo
Dec 5, 1882  Oregon co Mo
April 11, 1883 Acton Oregon Mo
April 27, 1883 Alton Oregon  Mo
June 10, 1884 Southwest City McDonald co Mo
Aug 8, 1884 Alton Mo
Sept 24, 1884 Acton Oregon Mo
Oct 8, 1884 Acton Ind
June 5, 1886 New Frankfort Ind
July 7, 1886 New Frankfort Ind
Aug 19, 1886 New Frankfort Ind
Dec 30, 1886 Scott co Ind
March 9, 1887 Austin Indiana
Dec 28, 1888 Near Austin  Ind
Feb 1, 1889 New Frankfort, Scott, Ind
 

Died June 21, 1897

July 9, 97  aud and P.A a Dr. date of death sent to Susie Thornton
 the last line of this page is unfortunately cut off.
It is a dropped from rolls very dark copy

He signed his mark.

Affidavit
Pinny Keardy or Heardy near neighbor at new Frankfort In.
David Worley near neighbor for 2 years near Austin Ind
 

"Barney Miller spins a tale"...(written by Melvin Ezra Pyatt II)
Johnston's army fell back from the vicinity of Cassville-Kinston, first to Allatoona Pass and then to the Dallas area and entrenched. Sherman's army tested the Rebel line while entrenching themselves. The Battle of Dallas occurred on May 28 when Lt. General William J. Hardee's corps probed the Union defensive line, held by Maj. General John A. Logan's Army of the Tennessee corps, to exploit any weakness or possible withdrawal. Fighting ensued at two different points, but the Rebels were repulsed, suffering high casualties. Sherman continued looking for a way around Johnston's line, and, on June 1, his cavalry occupied Allatoona Pass, which had a railroad and would allow his men and supplies to reach him by train. Sherman abandoned his lines at Dallas on June 5 and moved toward the railhead at Allatoona Pass forcing Johnston to follow soon afterwards.

Result(s): Union victory

Location: Paulding County

Campaign: Atlanta Campaign (1864)

Date(s): May 26-June 1, 1864 (May 28, 1864)

Principal Commanders: Maj. General William T. Sherman [US]; General Joseph E. Johnston [CS]

Forces Engaged: Military Division of Mississippi [US]; Army of Tennessee [CS]

Estimated Casualties: 5,400 total (US 2,400; CS 3,000)
 
 

Well at least that was the official report.  Looks pretty on paper but let me tell you the way it looked to me. Sit down a spell and rest your weary legs stranger and I will tell you the way it was with me.

    That last battle in Pumpkinvine creek saved my life even though I was not much after that. They also called the battle, Dallas or New Hope church. New Hope outright slaughter grounds for sure it was. Let's go back a few days to when the action really started. We were travelling all over the place. Trying to go some where--we never knew where but we just went. We were to divide and conqueror all the way to the sea.

The tour for me started at a place called Resaca.

May 13-15, 1864
General Joseph E. Johnston had withdrawn from Rocky Face Ridge to the hills around Resaca. On the 13th, the Union troops tested the Rebel lines to pinpoint their whereabouts. The next day full scale fighting occurred, and the Union troops were generally repulsed except on the Rebel right flank where Sherman did not fully exploit his advantage. On the 15th, the battle continued with no advantage to either side until Sherman sent a force across the Oostanula River, at Lay's Ferry, towards Johnston's railroad supply line. Unable to halt this Union movement, Johnston was forced to retire.

Talk about walking your legs off. Run here, run there, double quick time, Harch. All I wanted was sleep. Next we went to Adairsville. Wasn't any sleep there neither.
 
 

May 17, 1864 Following the Battle of Resaca, May 13-15, General Joseph E. Johnston' s army retreated southward while Sherman pursued. Failing to find a good defensive position south of Calhoun, Johnston continued to Adairsville while the Rebel cavalry fought a skillful rearguard action. On the 17th, skirmish fire continued throughout the day and into the early evening. Maj. General O.O. Howard's IV Corps ran into entrenched infantry of Lt. General William J. Hardee' s corps, while advancing, about two miles north of Adairsville.

The 44th Illinois and 24th Wisconsin (under the command of Maj. Arthur MacArthur, father of Douglas) attacked Cheatham's Division at Robert Saxon (the Octagon House) and incurred heavy losses. Three Union divisions prepared for battle, but Maj. General George H. Thomas halted them due to the approach of darkness. Sherman then concentrated his men in the Adairsville area to attack Johnston the next day. Johnston had originally expected to find a valley at Adairsville of suitable width to deploy his men and anchor his line with the flanks on hills. The valley, however, was too wide, so Johnston disengaged and withdrew.

Well it was dark alright. Think maybe we could sleep then but ,noooo. Countermarch, quick time harch. By the left flank harch. and off we would go stumbling around until we fell exhausted down in a ditch. But still no sleep, we had to dig in. By then the false dawn is glowing in the east.

After Johnston retreated to Allatoona Pass on May 19-20, Sherman decided that he would most likely pay dearly for attacking Johnston there, so he determined to move around Johnston's left flank and steal a march toward Dallas. Johnston anticipated Sherman's move and met the Union forces at New Hope Church. Sherman mistakenly surmised that Johnston had a token force and ordered Maj. General Joseph Hooker's corps to attack. This corps was severely mauled. On the 26th, both sides en-trenched, and skirmishing continued throughout the day.

Johnston's army fell back from the vicinity of Cassville-Kinston, first to Allatoona Pass and then to the Dallas area and entrenched. Sherman's army tested the Rebel line while entrenching themselves. The Battle of Dallas occurred on May 28 when Lt. General William J. Hardee's corps probed the Union defensive line, held by Maj. General John A. Logan's Army of the Tennessee corps, to exploit any weakness or possible withdrawal. Fighting ensued at two different points, but the Rebels were repulsed, suffering high casualties. Sherman continued looking for a way around Johnston's line, and, on June 1, his cavalry occupied Allatoona Pass, which had a railroad and would allow his men and supplies to reach him by train. Sherman abandoned his lines at Dallas on June 5 and moved toward the railhead at Allatoona Pass forcing Johnston to follow soon afterwards.

Well yes siree. That is where the fighting ended for me. A rebel ball entered the left side of my throat and passed clean through between my windpipe and spine. Of course I never knew it. When I woke up I was in the hospital tent. What a horrible sight in there.

Here it is 22 years later and I still have difficulty in swallowing food and breathing is so labored. The cold weather just stops me dead and this dry cough rack me all the time. Not only is it impossible to swallow dry food but it has no taste--throat just throbs all the time.

See right here where the scar is just in front of and below the angle of the jaw on the left side. That's where the ball entered. Over her on the right side   is where she came out, tearing cartilage causing my throat to be flat here in the front on the left side and puffy on the right side. This flattening makes my voice sound tubular. My left ear is almost deaf, I can barely hear but the right one is okay. I have always been so nervous and worried how I was going to support myself.

The other treasures I got from the war is chronic diarrhea  and Rhumatism of back and legs.

 But other than that I am great. I can work about four hours before I have to quit. The pension has been raised from four dollars a month to twelve. I barely get along on that since the average wage is - people working 14 to 16 hrs a day at average pay of $1.75 a day. All that to buy one bag of flour $1.80 - Small measure of potatoes daily at .17 per day = $1.19 - One quarter pound of tea .38 - One quart of milk .56 - One pound of cheap coffee .35 - Three and one half pounds Sugar $1.05 - One half ration of meats per week $3.50 - Four pounds of butter $1.60 - Two pounds of lard .38 - Dried apples for treats .25 - Vegetables .50 - Soap, starch, pepper, salt, vinegar, etc. $1.00 - 2 bushels of coal $1.36 - Kerosene .30 - Sundries .28 - Rent $4.00 week = Total $18.50
 
 
 

After the Union defeat at New Hope Church, Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman ordered Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard to attack Gen. Joseph E. Johnston' s seemingly exposed right flank. The Confederates were ready for the attack, which did not unfold as planned because supporting troops never appeared. The Rebels repulsed the attack causing high casualties.

Well stranger, thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your journey. Where are you off to?