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Civil War surgeon collection

Call Number: MS C254


This collection consists of two volumes from Jon G. Miller, who served as a surgeon in the United States Union Army during the Civil War of the 1860s. One volume served as Miller's diary, while the other, an exercise book, was used to keep official record of effects of deceased soldiers by the hospital steward at the Marietta, Georgia hospital established by Miller. Loose items found in the volumes have been physically separated.


  • 1864 - 1865


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of John G. Miller (1820-1892)

Jon or John G. Miller was born July 31, 1820 in Pennslyvania. By 1850 he was living in Iowa and was working as a physician. In his early 40s, he was appointed assistant surgeon in the 11th Iowa Infantry on June 4, 1862 and mustered on July 5, 1862. He was promoted to surgeon on March 5, 1863 and mustered out of the Union Army on July 10, 1865 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Miller married, and he and his wife Annie (born March 14, 1830) had at least three children survive past infancy: Lillie, Mary, and Willie. After the war, the family resided in at least Missouri and Dakota Territory, eventually settling in Atchison, Kansas where Dr. Miller died on September 15, 1892. His wife Annie died on October 26, 1914, and they were both buried in Mount Vernon Cemetery in Atchison.

[Information from census records,, and Roster and Records of Iowa Soldiers, War of the REbellion Historical Sketches of Volunteer Organizations, Volume II, available at]


2 Volumes (2 volumes + 1 folder)

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Physical Location

MS C254

Physical Location

MS B148

Physical Location

MS P 525

Custodial History

Donor Winstan Anderson wrote in 1979: "If I remember right the two manuscripts by J.G. Miller M.D. were among some old books and such of the estate of Wirt Hethrington of Atchison who died about 20 years ago. He had no descendants and were given to me by some friend of the family because I was a doctor. I believe Dr. Miller was an uncle or great uncle of his."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Winstan Anderson, M.D, May 10, 1979.

Guide to the Jon G. Miller Collection
United States Army, 17th Corps, Hospital in Marietta, Georgia, Effects of Deceased Soldiers
Finding aid prepared by alh, September 14, 1979.
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Jon G. Miller collection, Department of Special Collections, MS C254, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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