Brother of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan
Colonel of the 14th Kentucky Cavalry
Captured during General Morgan's 1863 Ohio Raid
(1836-1918) Born in Fayette County, Kentucky, he was the younger brother of the legendary Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, and the brother-in-law of Confederate Generals’ Basil Duke and A.P. Hill. Known as "Dick," he entered the Confederate service in 1861, and was appointed an aide on the staff of fellow Kentuckian, General John C. Breckenridge, with whom he served with at the battle of Shiloh. Soon afterwards he was commissioned major and assistant adjutant general and assigned to the staff of General A.P. Hill, serving with him in the Seven Days battles, at Second Manassas, Harper’s Ferry, Sharpsburg and Fredericksburg, frequently being commended for gallantry on the battlefield. In early 1863, he was appointed colonel of the 14th Kentucky Cavalry. He led his regiment during the great northern raid in 1863 under his brother General John Hunt Morgan, and was captured on July 19th with General Basil Duke, near Buffington Island, Ohio. He was confined at the Ohio Penitentiary for eight months, and was then transferred to Fort Delaware Prison.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Excellent seated view in civilian coat and felt hat. Period ink identification on the front mount, Col. Dick Morgan, C.S.A. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York. This same image is in the collection of the Museum of the Confederacy, in Richmond, Va. Very rare.