MILLING, THOMAS HUGH (1839 ~ 1918). Thomas Hugh Milling, Confederate veteran, was born in South Carolina in 1839. On May 6, 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate Army and was mustered into Company B of the 4th South Carolina Cavalry. Company B was comprised of men from Chesterfield and Fairfield Counties.
The 4th Cavalry was organized in January, 1863, by combining the 10th and 12th Battalions of the South Carolina Cavalry. Milling's company, Compnay B, was formerly Company A of the 10th Battalion. The 4th Cavalry served in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and in March of 1864, was moved to the Army of Northern Virginia.
During the War, the 4th Cavalry participated in The Wilderness Campaign, the battles around Cold Harbor and the campaign of the Carolinas. The 4th Cavalry surrendered with the Army of Tennessee at Durham Station, North Carolina. Milling and his fellow soldiers were later paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina.
After the War, in 1873, Milling moved to Texas and eventually settled in Cooper, Delta County, where he was a farmer. In 1903, he applied for a Confederate Pension, but was not granted one until September 27, 1905.
Milling moved into the Confederate Men's Home in Austin on September 18, 1907. He left the Home numerous times, but was eventually moved to the Austin Lunatic Asylum, now the Austin State Hospital, on August 24, 1911. He was discharged on August 6, 1912, but was readmitted again on August 24, 1918.
After returning to the Asylum, Milling died there on September 19 of that same year. Due to his service in the Confederacy and his residency in the Confederate Home, he was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
Milling was divorced and had five children, including a son, John, who was living in Strong, Texas, and who was listed as a correspondent while his father was in the Asylum. Milling also had a half sister, Agnes Lemmon, who was living in Fairfield County, South Carolina.
Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Record; South Carolina 4th Cavalry Regiment webpage at http://www.researchonline.net/sccw/unit74.htm; Confederate Pension Application # 11200; Records, Austin State Hospital, Austin, Texas; and Confederate Home Roster.