Brig. Gen. Morgan was born in Huntsville, Alabama on June 1, 1825, and was educated at Transylvania College in Lexington, Kentucky. He then joined the Army and saw service during the Mexican War, after which he was discharged and returned to Lexington to enter the family business. He also became active in the local militia unit, the Lexington Rifles, and on the outbreak of war he took his small unit to Bowling Green, where he offered their services to General Buckner. Morgan was soon promoted to colonel of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry and proceeded to establish himself as one of the most feared Confederate Cavalry leaders. His raids into Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana caused great concern, and although he was once captured and | interned in the Ohio State Prison, he : quickly escaped and returned to duty. I In September 1864 while en route to I attack Federal units at Knoxville, he was surprised by Federal cavalry and killed. He is buried in his home town 1 of Lexington.
1 General's frock coat
2 Officer's silk sash
3 Model 1851 Federal officer's sword bell
4 Pair of buckskin gauntlets
Artifacts courtesy of The Museum ot the CoriftHUuacy Richmond. Va
5 Confederate First National Pattern Flag
6 Wool blanket
7 and 8 Pair of ivory stocked, engraved Colt Model 1860 Army revolvers
9 Ivory and silver knife and fork carving set
10 Housewife (sewing kit) made by the general's mother in 1861
11 Forage cap
12 Copy of "Hardee's Tactics"
13 Model 1842 Aston pistol given to Morgan by the widow of Brig. Gen. Bernard Elliott Bee
14 Folding pocket knife
15 A pair of silver spurs presented to Morgan by the citizens of Danville, Virginia
16 Tins of percussion caps from item 17
17 Cased Tranter revolver with accouterments for loading and cleaning
18 Colt Model 1860 Army revolver, one of a pair of pistols owned and carried by Brig. Gen. Morgan and later presented to Capt John Kirkpatrick, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry
19 Custom-made, silver-mounted saddle presented to Morgan by friends from Augusta, Georgia
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