Calvin Miller, a farmer from Watauga County, NC, volunteered as a private at the age of 24
on September 14, 1861 and was promoted to a field musician (fifer) on March 1, 1862. Miller was captured at Hanover Courthouse on May 27, 1862 and exchanged on August 5. He was captured again at
Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863 and exchanged ten days later. Miller was reduced to private after December 31, 1864, probably because his company needed all able-bodied men to carry a musket. He deserted
to the enemy on February 26, 1865 and was released after taking the Oath of Allegiance.
Here we see him with instrument in hand-- judging from the length, a fife in the key of Bb.