Henry William McMillan was born in Robertson County, North Carolina, on July 18, 1830, to John H. and Janet McNeil McMillan. He received his education at the University of North Carolina and moved to Arkansas in 1856 where he married Frances Toole Williams a year later. He worked as a school teacher and lawyer in Camden, Arkansas.
When the Civil War began, McMillan joined the Confederate Army as a first lieutenant rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel with the 12th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. His commander was Colonel E.W. Gantt. After the war, McMillan moved his family to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he helped establish the law firm of Stewart, McCabe and McMillan. He practiced law there until his death in 1910.
The McMillans had six children: Estelle McMillan Blake (1861-1950), Elizabeth Swan McMillan Crawford (1866-1956), Dougald McMillan (1868-1933), John Henry McMillan (1871-1939), Carrie McMillan Wallis (1875-1940), and David Williams McMillan (1877-1962). Many of their descendants live in Arkadelphia today.
This collection includes a Civil War muster roll, an 1863 letter from H. W. McMillan to his wife, notes to and from Civil War officers, a UCV membership roster, photographs, and 20th-century family letters.
McMillan Family Papers. Clark County Historical Association Collection. Riley-Hickingbotham Library Archives and Special Collections, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas.