We are honoring the August 8th,1839, birthday of General Nelson Miles - a man who bullets could not keep down. An example of his courage and determination came during the December 13, 1862, Battle of Marye's Heights (part of Battle of Fredericksburg). Miles was convinced the Federal tactics were dead wrong. He suggested a bayonet charge to Brigadier General Caldwell who denied permission as, "It seemed to me a wanton loss of brave men."
While waiting Caldwell's answer, Miles received a terrible wound. A bullet caught him in the throat and came out behind his left ear. "His comrades expected him to die at any time," recalled Major General Oliver O. Howard. But Miles remained conscious and full of fight, and took his case for a bayonet charge back to Howard. As the General remembered what transpired, Miles gripped his bleeding throat, "holding together the lacerated pieces of flesh with his hands. He staggered to my headquarters, delivered his message and then fainted dead away. He was determined to either to be killed or promoted."