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The Soul of a Soldier:The True Story of a Mounted Pioneer in the Civil War by [Myron M. Miller]
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Myron Miller is delighted to share the letters and experiences of his great-grandfather, Samuel K. Miller. He received his BS from Northwestern University and his MS from Cornell University, followed by U.S. Army service. As an international business executive, he worked with companies such as Westinghouse Electric, The Singer Company and Sunbeam Corporation, he later founded and managed Global Trade Services, Ltd. He has taught at Syracuse University and Elon University, and was a faculty member at Michigan State University. Mr. Miller lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he pursues his interests in international projects, genealogy and American history.


Myron Miller is a native of Western Pennsylvania, born and raised in North Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Northwestern University; then earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He then spent two years in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corp.

Mr. Miller's business career encompassed positions in financial, marketing and strategic management, as well as a series of international business executive positions with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, The Singer Company, the Sunbeam Corporation and Sears World Trade. He then founded and managed Global Trade Services, Ltd., which had offices in Washington, DC and Rhode Saint Genese, Belgium. The objectives of his company were to help small and medium sized US companies develop and implement their initial entry into European markets with a "10-Step Road Map" and to provide marketing services to European companies. His company was incorporated in Belgium; he was thereby able to respond immediately to the needs of US and European companies.

From Belgium, Myron returned to the US to take a position on the faculty of the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, where he taught international business and international marketing, directed the Michigan International Business Development Center and finally, was Director, Executive Development Programs.

The program for which he was most noted while at Michigan State was called "Export Success." This program brought together the leadership of 6-12 small to medium sized Michigan companies to take them through the "10-Step Road Map to Success in Foreign Markets," thereby enabling them to develop their companies' capabilities to enter foreign markets. He helped to initiate a similar program at Syracuse University called "Export New York." During his business and academic career, he lived and worked in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, England and Belgium. In total, he has had work experience in over 60 countries.

Since leaving his full time position at Michigan State, Myron has continued his work in consulting, teaching and project management in international business. He taught a course on "Developing Global Managers" at Elon University, and a course on International Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. He had consulting assignments in executive education at Elon University and The George Washington University. More recently, he developed a program entitled "Export Nicaragua," which in two years trained 20 Nicaraguan fruit and vegetable companies to develop their international businesses, again using the "10-Step Road Map" process. In 2003, he was elected "International Trade Educator of the Year" by the North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) organization.

Since moving to North Carolina in 1998, Mr. Miller has been dedicated to overseas church missions work with Christ United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill and currently with All Saints United Methodist Church in Raleigh. The "Beyond Our Borders" program, which he designed, has focused on the support of poor and needy children in the slums of several cities in Brazil, in Nicaragua and in Ukraine. Over $250,000 has been raised to support hundreds of those poor children in childcare centers, orphanages and foster homes in the slums of the cities and rural areas in those countries.

With two other Northwestern University graduates, Myron Miller founded the Northwestern University Club of the North Carolina Triangle in 2003, and served as its first president. The purpose of the club is to bring together the graduates of Northwestern to benefit from prominent faculty speakers, to help the alumni understand the current accomplishments and needs of their university, and to build friendship among them through social events.

Since early 1999, Myron has taken courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University, and held leadership positions as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chair, Strategic Planning for three years. Further, he co-taught two courses on "The Foundations of the US Constitution."

In recent years, Myron has enjoyed researching his family's genealogy and studying American history. He is now a member of the Mayflower Society; his eighth great grandfathers are Myles Standish and John Alden. Mr. Miller is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution; his ancestor Abner Ford, Sr. fought in a militia unit in Maine in September 1777. As an invited speaker, he has given presentations on "The Founding Fathers: Their Remarkable Preparation;" "The Role of France in the American Revolution," and on "James Madison: His Legacy."

Myron has had a lifelong passion for choral and classical music. In his early years, he played the piano, then the trombone for many years. He has sung in oratorio groups in Ashland, Ohio; Westfield, New Jersey; Brussels, Belgium (the Brussels Choral Society), and East Lansing, Michigan (the Michigan State University Choral Union). He also sang in the chorus of four operas with the Opera Theater of New Jersey.

Because his great uncle had published histories of the Miller and Ellis families in the 1930s, and the family had kept many original letters and documents, Mr. Miller was inspired to use the letters of Samuel K. Miller to write a book about his great-grandfather's Civil War experience.

"Myron Miller is a native of Western Pennsylvania, born and raised in North Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Northwestern University; then earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He then spent two years in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corp.

Mr. Miller's business career encompassed positions in financial, marketing and strategic management, as well as a series of international business executive positions with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, The Singer Company, the Sunbeam Corporation and Sears World Trade. He then founded and managed Global Trade Services, Ltd., which had offices in Washington, DC and Rhode Saint Genese, Belgium. The objectives of his company were to help small and medium sized US companies develop and implement their initial entry into European markets with a "10-Step Road Map" and to provide marketing services to European companies. His company was incorporated in Belgium; he was thereby able to respond immediately to the needs of US and European companies.

From Belgium, Myron returned to the US to take a position on the faculty of the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, where he taught international business and international marketing, directed the Michigan International Business Development Center and finally, was Director, Executive Development Programs.

The program for which he was most noted while at Michigan State was called "Export Success." This program brought together the leadership of 6-12 small to medium sized Michigan companies to take them through the "10-Step Road Map to Success in Foreign Markets," thereby enabling them to develop their companies' capabilities to enter foreign markets. He helped to initiate a similar program at Syracuse University called "Export New York." During his business and academic career, he lived and worked in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, England and Belgium. In total, he has had work experience in over 60 countries.

Since leaving his full time position at Michigan State, Myron has continued his work in consulting, teaching and project management in international business. He taught a course on "Developing Global Managers" at Elon University, and a course on International Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. He had consulting assignments in executive education at Elon University and The George Washington University. More recently, he developed a program entitled "Export Nicaragua," which in two years trained 20 Nicaraguan fruit and vegetable companies to develop their international businesses, again using the "10-Step Road Map" process. In 2003, he was elected "International Trade Educator of the Year" by the North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) organization.

Since moving to North Carolina in 1998, Mr. Miller has been dedicated to overseas church missions work with Christ United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill and currently with All Saints United Methodist Church in Raleigh. The "Beyond Our Borders" program, which he designed, has focused on the support of poor and needy children in the slums of several cities in Brazil, in Nicaragua and in Ukraine. Over $250,000 has been raised to support hundreds of those poor children in childcare centers, orphanages and foster homes in the slums of the cities and rural areas in those countries.

With two other Northwestern University graduates, Myron Miller founded the Northwestern University Club of the North Carolina Triangle in 2003, and served as its first president. The purpose of the club is to bring together the graduates of Northwestern to benefit from prominent faculty speakers, to help the alumni understand the current accomplishments and needs of their university, and to build friendship among them through social events.

Since early 1999, Myron has taken courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University, and held leadership positions as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chair, Strategic Planning for three years. Further, he co-taught two courses on "The Foundations of the US Constitution."

In recent years, Myron has enjoyed researching his family's genealogy and studying American history. He is now a member of the Mayflower Society; his eighth great grandfathers are Myles Standish and John Alden. Mr. Miller is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution; his ancestor Abner Ford, Sr. fought in a militia unit in Maine in September 1777. As an invited speaker, he has given presentations on "The Founding Fathers: Their Remarkable Preparation;" "The Role of France in the American Revolution," and on "James Madison: His Legacy."

Myron has had a lifelong passion for choral and classical music. In his early years, he played the piano, then the trombone for many years. He has sung in oratorio groups in Ashland, Ohio; Westfield, New Jersey; Brussels, Belgium (the Brussels Choral Society), and East Lansing, Michigan (the Michigan State University Choral Union). He also sang in the chorus of four operas with the Opera Theater of New Jersey.

Because his great uncle had published histories of the Miller and Ellis families in the 1930s, and the family had kept many original letters and documents, Mr. Miller was inspired to use the letters of Samuel K. Miller to write a book about his great-grandfather's Civil War experience. "

Myron Miller received a BS from Northwestern University and an MS from Cornell University, then served two years in the US Army. His career encompassed many years as an international business executive with such companies as Westinghouse Electric, The Singer Company and the Sunbeam Corporation, and as a faculty member at Michigan State University. Recently he has focused on his great interests, genealogy and American history. With a colleague, he taught two courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University on "The Foundations of the U.S. Constitution." Mr. Miller lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Myron Miller is delighted to share the letters and experiences of his great-grandfather, Samuel K. Miller. He received his BS from Northwestern University and his MS from Cornell University, followed by U.S. Army service. As an international business executive, he worked with companies such as Westinghouse Electric, The Singer Company and Sunbeam Corporation; he later founded and managed Global Trade Services, Ltd. He has taught at Syracuse University and Elon University, and was a faculty member at Michigan State University. Mr. Miller lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he pursues his interests in international projects, genealogy and American history.



Myron Miller is a native of Western Pennsylvania, born and raised in North Irwin, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Northwestern University; then earned a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He then spent two years in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corp.

Mr. Miller's business career encompassed positions in financial, marketing and strategic management, as well as a series of international business executive positions with Westinghouse Electric Corporation, The Singer Company, the Sunbeam Corporation and Sears World Trade. He then founded and managed Global Trade Services, Ltd., which had offices in Washington, DC and Rhode Saint Genese, Belgium. The objectives of his company were to help small and medium sized US companies develop and implement their initial entry into European markets with a "10-Step Road Map" and to provide marketing services to European companies. His company was incorporated in Belgium; he was thereby able to respond immediately to the needs of US and European companies.

From Belgium, Myron returned to the US to take a position on the faculty of the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, where he taught international business and international marketing, directed the Michigan International Business Development Center and finally, was Director, Executive Development Programs.

The program for which he was most noted while at Michigan State was called "Export Success." This program brought together the leadership of 6-12 small to medium sized Michigan companies to take them through the "10-Step Road Map to Success in Foreign Markets," thereby enabling them to develop their companies' capabilities to enter foreign markets. He helped to initiate a similar program at Syracuse University called "Export New York." During his business and academic career, he lived and worked in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, England and Belgium. In total, he has had work experience in over 60 countries.

Since leaving his full time position at Michigan State, Myron has continued his work in consulting, teaching and project management in international business. He taught a course on "Developing Global Managers" at Elon University, and a course on International Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University. He had consulting assignments in executive education at Elon University and The George Washington University. More recently, he developed a program entitled "Export Nicaragua," which in two years trained 20 Nicaraguan fruit and vegetable companies to develop their international businesses, again using the "10-Step Road Map" process. In 2003, he was elected "International Trade Educator of the Year" by the North American Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) organization.

Since moving to North Carolina in 1998, Mr. Miller has been dedicated to overseas church missions work with Christ United Methodist Church of Chapel Hill and currently with All Saints United Methodist Church in Raleigh. The "Beyond Our Borders" program, which he designed, has focused on the support of poor and needy children in the slums of several cities in Brazil, in Nicaragua and in Ukraine. Over $250,000 has been raised to support hundreds of those poor children in childcare centers, orphanages and foster homes in the slums of the cities and rural areas in those countries.

With two other Northwestern University graduates, Myron Miller founded the Northwestern University Club of the North Carolina Triangle in 2003, and served as its first president. The purpose of the club is to bring together the graduates of Northwestern to benefit from prominent faculty speakers, to help the alumni understand the current accomplishments and needs of their university, and to build friendship among them through social events.

Since early 1999, Myron has taken courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University, and held leadership positions as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chair, Strategic Planning for three years. Further, he co-taught two courses on "The Foundations of the US Constitution."

In recent years, Myron has enjoyed researching his family's genealogy and studying American history. He is now a member of the Mayflower Society; his eighth great grandfathers are Myles Standish and John Alden. Mr. Miller is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution; his ancestor Abner Ford, Sr. fought in a militia unit in Maine in September 1777. As an invited speaker, he has given presentations on "The Founding Fathers: Their Remarkable Preparation;" "The Role of France in the American Revolution," and on "James Madison: His Legacy."

Myron has had a lifelong passion for choral and classical music. In his early years, he played the piano, then the trombone for many years. He has sung in oratorio groups in Ashland, Ohio; Westfield, New Jersey; Brussels, Belgium (the Brussels Choral Society), and East Lansing, Michigan (the Michigan State University Choral Union). He also sang in the chorus of four operas with the Opera Theater of New Jersey.

Because his great uncle had published histories of the Miller and Ellis families in the 1930s, and the family had kept many original letters and documents, Mr. Miller was inspired to use the letters of Samuel K. Miller to write a book about his great-grandfather's Civil War experience.

Myron Miller is delighted to share the letters and experiences of his great-grandfather, Samuel K. Miller. He received his BS from Northwestern University and his MS from Cornell University, followed by U.S. Army service. As an international business executive, he worked with companies such as Westinghouse Electric, The Singer Company and Sunbeam Corporation; he later founded and managed Global Trade Services, Ltd. He has taught at Syracuse University and Elon University, and was a faculty member at Michigan State University. Mr. Miller lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he pursues his interests in international projects, genealogy and American history.


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  • Publisher: Xlibris (April 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2011
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  • Language: English
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By A. Wieland on August 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
"The Soul of a Soldier" is a short, enjoyable book that gives the reader a common man's perspective of the Civil War. The book is built around 46 letters from Samuel Miller to his wife, Silence, and a few other individuals while he served with the 211th Pennsylvania Regiment during 1864-65.

There are two ways to read the letters: (1) chronologically--the text of each letter is reproduced in Appendix B; or (2) topically--where excerpts from the letters are framed by explanatory material. This consitutes the 116 pages of the main body of the book. For those (like me) who are less familiar with the Civil War, the latter method is best.

Samuel served in the Petersburg campaign before he was tapped to join the Mounted Pioneers. Think of the Mounted Pioneers as a predecessor to the Army Corps of Engineers. In Samuel's words, "wherever there is a bridge to build or repair, we have to do it."

Samuel gives us a "boots on the ground" view of the war: what the soldiers ate, how they slept, the diseases that afflicted the troops, the status of their horses, and the price of supplies. We learn what was on Samuel's mind: the well-being of his family; news from back home; hostility from "Copperheads" (northerners opposed to the war); and how to to vote while deployed.

We also see Samuel's Christian faith develop during his time in the military. Prior to the war, Samuel attended church but generally left matters of faith to his wife. While in the Union Army, he began reading a [New]Testament. The horrors of war prompted deeper thoughts about suffering, eternity, and commitment to God and family. Needless to say, Samuel returned home a different man than when he left.
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Years ago I read The Soul of a Soldier, I did not know it was on Amazon. So it is only now that I am saying that this is an extraordinary read. I am a student of history but, I am not a Civil War expert; therefore the experiences of this soldier and his love for his wife, Silence and God, were really fascinating and engaging. This is a true story and I could NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN until I finished it!
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I have not read this most valuable book yet; however, I believe I furnished some of the letters in the book. Silence was a sister to my great grandfather John Duncan.
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