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I enjoy society, flaws and all. You people venerate savagery, and you will die savagely! All of you!
Andrew Milton, to Arthur Morgan, regarding the Van der Linde gang

Andrew Milton is a major character and the secondary antagonist of Red Dead Redemption 2.



Milton is a high-ranked detective in the Pinkerton National Detective Agency. After Dutch robs his train, Leviticus Cornwall hires Milton and his protégé,[1] Agent Ross, to track down the Van der Linde gang and bring Dutch van der Linde to justice.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

Horseshoe Overlook chapter

Milton and Ross approach Arthur Morgan whilst he teaches Jack Marston fishing, at a river near Horseshoe Overlook. Milton offers Arthur a chance to surrender and turn Dutch in, in exchange for amnesty. When Arthur refuses, Milton reveals that they captured Mac Callander after the Blackwater ferry robbery and killed him slowly, enraging Arthur. He then proceeds to leave with Ross.

Clemens Point chapter

Milton and Ross approach Dutch and his gang at their camp in Clemens Point. Milton offers Dutch a chance to surrender in exchange for the other gang members being allowed to escape. Dutch mockingly feigns compliance and the gang all begin to draw their weapons; flustered, Milton warns Dutch that he will be back with fifty men and that the gang should leave quickly.

Saint Denis chapter

During the bank robbery in Saint Denis, Milton captures Hosea Matthews while he orchestrates a distraction and holds him hostage outside the Lemoyne National Bank, which the Pinkertons have surrounded. Milton states that any reservations for making deals have been exhausted, and subsequently shoots Hosea in the chest, killing him almost instantly. A skirmish ensues, but the Van der Linde gang eventually manages to escape.

Guarma chapter

Milton and his agents pick up Micah Bell after he, Dutch, Arthur, Bill, and Javier return from Guarma, and Micah becomes an informant for the agency. Subsequently, a large group of Pinkertons led by Milton attack the gang's hideout in Lakay, who orders a house that the gang has sought refuge in to be riddled by a Maxim Gun. Despite Milton's best efforts, the gang manages to repel the attack.

Beaver Hollow chapter

Along with Ross, Milton meets with Leviticus Cornwall in Annesburg. Cornwall scolds him for his lack of progress and threatens to withdraw his funding. Milton insists that the Pinkertons are "very close" but Cornwall is dismissive; Milton then leaves with Ross, shortly before Dutch confronts Cornwall.

While the Van der Linde gang are robbing a train, Milton captures Abigail and holds her hostage at the Van Horn Trading Post, prompting Arthur and Sadie Adler to rescue her. However, Sadie gets captured by Milton, and Arthur is forced to confront the Pinkerton agent himself. Milton sneaks up behind Arthur and holds him at gunpoint; he then reveals that Micah had betrayed the gang, feeding the Pinkertons with information ever since he and the gang came back from Guarma. In response, Arthur grabs Milton's gun, but is quickly overpowered due to his tuberculosis. Before Milton can pull the trigger, Abigail manages to break free of her confinements and shoots Milton in the temple using Sadie's revolver, killing him instantly and saving Arthur.

Despite Milton's death, the Pinkertons, now led by Edgar Ross, continue their hunt for the remainder of the Van der Linde gang.



Milton is shown to be a strong believer in the inevitable and progress of civilization. His philosophy is best summed up by one of the first things he says to Arthur: "I enjoy society, flaws and all." He despises Dutch van der Linde, believing him to be a "savage" and a parasite that preys on the civilized and weak. He is ruthlessly determined to see Van der Linde suffer for his crimes, to the point where he is willing to allow some degree of clemency for gang members if they turn him in.

Despite his stature in a government backed organization, it can be said that Milton is just as ruthless as the outlaws he hunts. He outright executes Hosea Matthews after he surrendered and was captured, and opened fire with a Maxim gun on a wooden hut housing a child and numerous unarmed people. He even considered giving them a chance to surrender before shrugging and deciding to slaughter them regardless. In short, he is sadistic, obsessive, irascible, self-righteous, and ambitious.

There is evidence that his subordinate agents dislike him, as in the mission “Dear Uncle Tacitus”, an agent quips contemplatively that he'd "like to find a poisonous snake for [Milton]". Adding to his disagreeable personality, Milton is explicitly racist. He is proud of the government's genocide of the Native Americans and calls Lenny "boy", while being disgusted by his touch.

Just about Milton's only redeeming trait is that he's confined to the law, a standard that Cornwall - his employer, ironically - doesn't hold in comparison.


Milton is clean-shaven, revealing a face full of scars and other deformities, likely from his violent line of work within the Pinkertons. His cheeks are also deeply pockmarked, suggesting that at one point he contracted smallpox or a similar disease. He has a slim build and a "high and tight" haircut, with the sides of his head completely shaved and the top left intact (a very unusual hair cut for a western man at the time). He's never seen outside his Pinkerton uniform; a black business suit and bowler hat, but with distinct red trimmings to help him stand out as a senior ranking agent. 

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption 2


This is Agent Milton with the Pinkerton Detective Agency. On behalf of Cornwall Kerosene & Tar… the United States Government… and the Commonwealth of West Elizabeth… we are here to arrest you. Come out with your hands up.
Milton to the gang
You fools weren't listening to me, were you? I showed mercy... You mistook it for weakness. Now I will show strength and you may mistake it for brutality. There is no escape for any of you. I shall hunt you to the ends of the earth and the end of time! I've killed your friends and I've enjoyed killing them… and now I'm gonna kill each and every one of you!
Milton threatens the gang
He was pretty shot up by the time I got to him… so really it was more of a mercy killing. Slow… but merciful.
Milton about Mac Callander's death
Dutch, get out here! Get out here now!
Milton threatens to Dutch and the gang
Who made you the messiah to these lost souls?
Milton to Dutch; the line Arthur remembers from Milton during "A Fork in the Road", if his Honor is low
You're losing your strength, Mr. Morgan.
Milton's last words