While searching for my 3x great grandfather Joseph H. Miller I ran across some military records on Fold3. There is a: Certificate of Disability for Discharge (that was issued to a) Private Joseph H. Miller, of Captain Thos H. Watkins Company,(E) of the 52nd VA Regiment of Confederate States, was enlisted by Capt T. H. Watkins, of the 52nd Regiment of VA Vol, at Staunton VA on the 30th of July 1861, to serve one year; he was born in Rockbridge Co in the state of Virginia, is Thirty nine (39) years of age, 5 feet 8 1/2 inches high, Fair complexion, Blue eyes, Light hair, and by occupation when enlisted a Shoemaker. During the last two months said soldier has been unfit for duty____ days. Station: Gordonsville Date: 20th July 1862 (It goes on to state something to the effect that he had a vascular condition of the leg which caused him great pain while standing or marching.)
My first reaction was EUREKA! I had finally found my Joseph H. Miller. However, I did find info online that link these records to a Joseph Andrew Miller s/o Joseph Miller & Sarah Hawpe.
But after doing some research into the Miller/Hawpe family tree, I still believe that these records belong to my Joseph H. Miller who was a shoemaker from Rockbridge Co. vs Joseph Andrew Miller who was a farmer from Augusta Co. until after 1870.
I don't want to discredit anyone elses research, but one thing that I have learned is that, you can't believe everything you find on the internet! I don't mean to be rude, but based on what I did find and what I know, it makes me wonder how and why these records were ever attached to Joseph Andrew Miller in the first place.
I don't discredit his service, but why this regiment & company? Are there family stories and heirloom of his service? I have no family knowledge of my Joseph having served at all. But because of my lack of Civil War history and research, I post this message in a desperate attempt to connect with someone who has more knowledge about Joseph Andrew Miller and his military service, to prove me wrong! Anyone willing to help me and compare notes can contact me via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org