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R.C. Morgan

R.C. Morgan

Confederate (CSA)

Major

Richard Curd Morgan

"Dick"

(1836 - 1918)

Home State: Kentucky

Education: Kentucky Military Academy

Branch of Service: Staff

Unit: A. P. Hill's Light Division

Before Sharpsburg

He was appointed volunteer aide-de-camp to General Breckenridge in early 1862, then commissioned Captain and Assistant Adjutant General (AAG) to General A.P. Hill, his brother-in-law, on 23 March 1862. He was promoted to Major on 26 May.

On the Campaign

From General A.P. Hill's Report:

My thanks are due my staff for their hearty co-operation and intelligent transmission of my orders under a fire frequently uncomfortably hot--Maj. R. C. Morgan, assistant adjutant-general; Major [R. J.] Wingate, Capt. R. H. T. Adams, signal officer; Lieut. Murray [F.] Taylor, aide-de-camp, and Lieutenant [C. H.] Camfield, of my escort.

The rest of the War

He was relieved on 28 March 1863, and served as Colonel, 2nd Special Battalion, Kentucky Cavalry. He was captured in his brother J.H. Morgan's Ohio raid of July 1863 and held at the Ohio Penitentiary, Columbus. He was moved in March 1864 to Fort Delaware and exchanged in August. He was appointed Major and AAG to his brother on 20 August. He was captured in action while in command of Duke's (Gen. Basil Duke, another brother-in-law) Brigade 12 December 1864, with no further military record.

After the War

He was a hemp manufacturer at Lexington, KY.

References & notes

Service from Krick,1 who has him escaping from captivity with his brother in November 1863. Krick also asserts that "Gen. Pender called Morgan 'weak,' and Gen. Hill was glad to be rid of him in 1863." His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a CDV in the Hunt-Morgan Collection at the University of Kentucky Library. His sister Catherine married A.P. Hill and his sister Henrietta married Basil Duke.

Birth

09/13/1836; Lexington, KY

Death

09/28/1918 Lexington, KY; burial in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, KY

Notes

1   Krick, Robert E.L., Staff Officers in Gray; A Biographical Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003, pg. 224  [AotW citation 17616]