Although I am not related, I have studied these 5 Milling brothers fairly well. My understanding is that THEY ARE BROTHERS. Unlike
the 5 Bixby brothers that Abraham Lincoln is famous for mentioning, these five all died for their country, and all were part of the
20th Alabama at some point in time. Their father was Robert Milling. I have several of my family line that were in the 20th AL, and
thus my interest.
There are monuments to 4 of 5 Milling brothers, along with their father, in the Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Cemetery in Dallas Co., AL.
See the ALGenWeb archives.
The missing brother, Jos. C. Milling, has a monument @ Cedar Hill Cem. in Vicksburg, MS. See Find-A-Grave. " J. C. Milling Co A
20 Ala Inf CSA Apr 4 1863."
Robert B. Milling was married to Mary Ann Martin, one of my Martin line. I posted info about the 5 Martin brothers sometime ago to
this message board. There were some questions raised about Robert B. Martin's status in the 20th AL that came to light at that time.
His grave monument shows: " died at Camp Watts Sept. 22 1864."
After studying his CMSR, I came to the following conclusion: Robert B. Milling joined the 20th Alabama. Sometime thereafter he was either injured or became ill while in the service. It appears that he was sent home to recover. Then, my speculation is that his health continued
to decline, and became more than the family could handle. It appears that the family then took him to a military hospital near Camp Watts
for better care. There he died at Camp Watts. A second opinion from an "expert" would be welcome.
My understanding is that there was a Milling family legend that the father ( Robt. Milling ) went and recovered each of the 5 sons' bodies
& brought them home for burial. I don't think that the evidence, or the logistics, supports this notion entirely. However, it appers that some
of the sons were buried "at home."
As I asserted in an earlier post, I think that there should be a monument to the tragedy & sacrifices of the 20th Alabama placed where most
of the Milling brothers are buried.
Regards .................. Rocky Wright in Louisiana