This month we honor Thomas Lafayette Miller II, ancestor of Camp Chaplain John Miller, for his service and devotion to the "Cause" of the Confederate States of America.
Thomas Lafayette Miller II (1835-1914) - 2nd Texas Calvary Regiment CSA
Thomas and Eliza Miller
Thomas Lafayette Miller ll was born in Alabama, 9 January 1835. He came to Texas in 1855.
In March of 1860, while working in Bandera, he joined Robert Ballantynes Minutemen commissioned by Governor Sam Houston. This group became Texas Rangers assigned to Camp Verde and tasked to protect the area from hostile Indians.
June of 1861 Miller enlisted in Company C, 2nd Regiment Texas Mounted Rifles. The Mounted Rifles were reorganized in 1862 as the 2nd Texas Calvary Regiment, CSA. He saw action in several battles and skirmishes including the last battle of the war, Palmetto Ranch and was wounded in the leg.
After the war he met his future wife Eliza through a service buddy in Galveston, Texas. They were married and had six sons and a daughter. Eliza died of malaria September 1877.
Thomas sold his farm in Lee Co. and with the $5000 down payment, his stock and children, set out to find a new home. He settled near Brewington Creek in Kerr Co.
Miller died Christmas Eve 1914 and is buried in Goodman Cemetery north of Medina, Texas. A ceremony was held Oct 23, 2014 to place a marker on his grave signifying his service in the Army of the Confederate States of America. Attending were many members of the Texas rangers, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Constables and descendants of Miller.