John Hunt Morgan
John Hunt Morgan was born on June 1 1825, in Huntsville, Al. He was killed September 3, 1864 in Greeneville, Tn. hiding from Union troops. A Union spy, Sarah E. Thompson, pointed him out to Union troops, who promptly shot him. A narrative of his death can be found at http://scriptorium.lib.duke.edu/thompson. Prior to the Civil War he served in the Mexican War and was a hemp manufacturer. He is related by marriage to A.P. Hill and B.W. Duke. He is a legendary cavalry commander in the Jeb Stuart tradition. His Confederate war record includes:
John Morgan had a special connection to Gallatin. In August 1862 he surprised and defeated the garrison at Gallatin, burning parts of the railroad bridge. He did great damage to the Union forces, reporting back 80 Union troops killed and 200 captured, and losing only 24 men. The next day the Union forces counterattacked, and Morgan defeated them again.
(from funnelweb.utcc. utk.edu/~hoemann/cong_m and Boatner, Mark M. III. Civil War Dictionary. David McKay Company. Inc. NY, NY. 1959. p321)
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