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Holmes Milner

Obituary of T. J. Milner, Greenville, Texas.

T. J. Milner was born December 7, 1844, in Fulton County, Ky., enlisted in the Confederate army in 1863, joining Company I, 12th Kentucky Regiment, Lyon's Brigade, Buford's Division, Forrest's Cavalry; and was in all the engagements under General Forrest until the surrender.

After the war he returned to school to complete his education, attending the A. and M. College of Kenucky at Lexington. Concluding to take the study of medicine as his life work, he attended the medical College of Kentucky in 1870. He came to Texas in 1871, then attended the Louisville Medical College, from which institution he was graduated that winter, and from the Kentucky School of Medicine in 1875. He returned to Texas and practiced his profession successfully the rest of his life.

Dr. Milner was health officer of Hunt County for twenty-two years. For four years he had been adjutant of Joseph E. Johnston Camp U. C. V., and was lieutenant colonel on the staff of Gen. V. Y. Cook, former Commander of the Trans-Missippi Department, U. C. V.

He attended the reunion at Chattanooga, anticipating great pleasure in meeting with old comrades, but was brought home in failing condition and passed away on November 23, 1921, a truly good and great man.

During the funeral service, Capt. J. P. Holmes, of the Joseph E. Johnston Camp of Confederate Veterans, a long-time friend and comrade of Dr. Milner, gave a brief sketch of his life as he knew him, dwelling on his chivalry, and gentlemanly character in every day of his life.

He closed his eulogy, and truthfully so, as he pointed to the casket, and said: "Ah! his life was gentle and the elements so mingled in him, that Nature could stand up and say to all the world, here was a MAN."

Members of Joseph E. Johnston Camp attended in a body and concluded the services with the ritual of the Order.

[J. P. Holmes, Greenville, Tex.]

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, March, 1922.

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