"Colonel Silas Miller you are not forgotten this Memorial Day" - Daily Photo - 05/27/13
"Many of the bravest and best have fallen a sacrifice to their country's cause. It is impossible for me ... to mention all the deserving by name, but the memory of such men ... will never fade in the hearts of a people who appreciate the noble and the brave and the good." - Nathan Kimball, Brigadier-General, U.S. Volunteers
Colonel Miller's grave site is located in Spring Lake Cemetery. He is buried a few blocks from me and a busy Route 25 runs past between the grave and the Fox River. At one time, there was likely a clear view of the water flowing by and the location in the trees is very peaceful. I'm able to see the grave when I drive by and have never observed any one paying their respects. However, every year around Memorial Day, a fresh bunting and set of flags is placed around his resting place. Moreover, throughout the year, whenever the wind blows things out of kilter, someone comes along and rights it.
Report of Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, U. S. Army, commanding armies of the United States, of operations March, 1864 - May, 1865
Casualties in the First brigade, Second Division, Fourth Army Corps, from June 1 to June 30, inclusive.
Nathan Kimball, Brigadier-General, U.S. Volunteers
Throughout the campaign, and in every battle, the officers and men in my brigade, without any exception, have faithfully and cheerfully performed all their duties, and there is no command in the U. S. Army composed of better men than those who make up the First Brigade, of the Second Division, Fourth Army Corps.
Many of the bravest and best have fallen a sacrifice to their country's cause. It is impossible for me in this report to mention all the deserving by name, but the memory of such men as Col. Silas Miller, of the Thirty-sixth Illinois, who was mortally wounded while in charge of my skirmish line on the 27th of June, at Kenesaw, and of Lieutenant-Colonel Chandler, of the Eighty-eighth Illinois, who was killed while leading his regiment in the charge of that day, and of Lieutenant-Colonel Kerr, Seventy-fourth Illinois Infantry, who was mortally wounded and captured on the parapets of the enemy's works in the same action, will never fade in the hearts of a people who appreciate the noble and the brave and the good.