Matching family tree profiles for George Washington Morgan, Brevet Brig. General, (USA)
About George Washington Morgan, Brevet Brig. General, (USA)
Soldier, lawyer, and legislator
George Washington Morgan September 20, 1820 Washington County, Pennsylvania-July 26, 1893 Fort Monroe, Virginia
Parents: Thomas Morgan and Catherine Duane
Wife: Sarah H. Hall
Gen. George W. Morgan - (1820-1893) Morgan first came to Mount Vernon in 1843. He had a very distinguished military career, serving in the Texas War of Independence, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. Morgan also served as Knox County Prosecutor, was the U.S. Consul at Marseilles, France, and was the American Minister to Portugal when the Civil War broke out.
In 1869, he was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses, serving until 1873.
The following was written by Karen Baerkircher on September 19, 2011:
I don't know how we're related, but I do know quite a lot about him. My great grandfather Hoff's 16th OVI was part of the army he commanded during the Civil War. In the summer of 1862 they captured Cumberland Gap but by the fall they had become stranded there. To avoid capture, they made a daring dash across Kentucky to the Ohio River, chased by the confederate General John Hunt Morgan, among others.
They were then sent to the Mississippi where, around Christmas, 1862, the 16th was pretty much wiped out when Sherman commanded them to attack the Chickasaw Bluffs north of Vicksburg. The unit struggled on until they were mustered out In Oct 1863, but Morgan went home and spent the rest of the war defending himself against charges he had unnecessarily abandoned Cumberland Gap.