"those memorable words of his,—“I’ll try, Sir!”"
James MIller's gold medal - the legend
Public DomainJames Miller's gold medal - the legend "I'll try" is inscribed at the bottom

This was Miller’s famous response to General Jacob Jennings Brown’s order to storm a battery of seven British canons at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane during the War of 1812. In the event, Miller’s 21st U.S. Infantry Regiment succeeded in driving the British back from their hilltop site and repelling a counter-attack. His words quickly took on legendary status: they emblazoned the flag flown from the barge that Miller took to Arkansas and the medal he received for his bravery. To this day, the 5th Infantry Regiment (which incorporated the original 21st) retains them as its motto.