William Miller, a native of Ithaca, New York, was born on August 3, 1820. His parents moved to Louisiana while he was in his infancy. He was educated at Louisiana College, and afterwards studied law. He fought in the Mexican War in General Zachary Taylor's army, and soon after, settled near Pensacola, Florida. At the beginning of the Civil War he had been operating for some years a saw mill in Santa Rosa County. He first commanded a battalion with rank of major. His six companies were consolidated into the 1st Florida Infantry after the battle of Shiloh, and he led this regiment in General Bragg's invasion of Kentucky. He was later seriously wounded at Murfreesboro. After recuperating, he served as commandant of conscripts for the state of Florida, and on August 2, 1864 was commissioned brigadier general and placed in command of the reserve forces of the state. He later commanded the District of Florida. At the conclusion of the war General Miller moved to Washington County, where he again engaged in the lumber business and in the operation of large farming interests. He served one term in the lower house of the legislature in 1885, and the following year was elected to the state senate, and was again elected in 1903. He died at Point Washington, Florida, August 8, 1909, hve days after his eighty-ninth birthday, and was first buried in the yard of his home. Some years later his remains were re-interred in St. John's Cemetery, Pensacola.
Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.