QUINTER — For decades now, little attention has turned to the mostly nondescript headstone in an open, but well-kept small rural cemetery south of Quinter.
That will change Sunday, when the John Athey chapter of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution celebrates Cpl. George Miller, who is buried in the Red Top Cemetery 8 miles south of Quinter on Castle Rock Road. Activities begin at 3 p.m.
Miller was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for “gallantry in action” in the Battle of Cedar Creek on Oct. 21, 1876, in a fight with the Lakota Sioux in Montana.
Miller, who was born in New York, had been assigned to Company H of the Fifth U.S. Infantry.
There isn’t much known about the man, other than he died in 1888.
“He worked for the railroad and died out here in western Kansas,” said Cheryl Goetz, a DAR chapter member who is helping spread the word about Sunday’s ceremony.
Miller’s recognition is all part of a campaign by the Kansas DAR to identify all of the Medal of Honor winners in Kansas. It’s believed there are approximately 60 recipients in Kansas.
Some of the recipients are from Kansas, but either lived or are buried elsewhere. And there are some who are from other states, but who are buried in Kansas.
Miller is one of those who hail from other areas, but by happenstance is buried in Kansas.
The John Athey DAR Chapter is working in tandem with the Courtney Spalding Chapter in Hays for the ceremony.
The ceremony will include representatives of the DAR groups, an honor guard, a bagpipe player, Historic Fort Hays and Boy Scouts.
Miller’s descendants from Ohio as well as Texas plan to attend and will detail information about the man.
While Goetz doesn’t have a lot of information about Miller, she knows the Oakley VFW years ago worked to get a headstone for his grave.
“For a time, Fort Leavenworth didn’t know where he was buried,” she said of the veterans cemetery there, where there’s also a headstone.
Efforts already are underway to get the headstone in the cemetery at Fort Leavenworth to Quinter.
“It’s a lot of paperwork I’ve been told,” Goetz said of moving the headstone.
The ceremony is being conducted in tandem with Flag Day, making it a special event, she said.
The event will last approximately 45 minutes, and Goetz is urging anyone attending to bring lawn chairs and umbrellas.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will be in the Nine 20 Building at 920 Lincoln in Quinter.