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William Miller of Cumberland County disobeys orders and wins the Medal of Honor at Gettysburg

William E. Miller, detail
07/03/1863
Before the afternoon cavalry fighting near Gettysburg on the third day of the battle, Captain William E. Miller's Troop "H" of the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry had been ordered to hold its position.  When the clash with Wade Hampton's Confederate horsemen began in earnest, Miller gauged the situation and disregarding his orders, mounted his troop and struck Hampton's left flank, helping to disrupt his advance. Captain Miller, from nearby Cumberland County, was eventually awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his act of initiative.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
 Walter Frederick Beyer, Oscar Frederick Keydel, Deeds of Valor: from records in the archives of the United States government; how American heroes won the Medal of Honor ... (Detroit, MI: Perrien-Keydel Co., 1901), I: 242-243.

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