"fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie"

James Miller at the Battle of Chippewa
Public DomainJames Miller at the Battle of Chippewa - Credit: U.S. National Archives
Both these places were sites of bloody conflict during the War of 1812. The Battle of Chippewa, 5th July 1814, saw the American forces repel their British combatants and move onward into Canada. Fort Erie, built by the British, was seized by the Americans who successfully defended it during one of the last and most brutal sieges of the war. Miller distinguished hmself in both of these battles, earning himself a promotion to Brigadier-General and a gold medal from the U.S. Congress.