(1825-64) Saw action in the Mexican War. He organzied the Lexington Rifles in 1857, and when the Civil War broke out, he led his command to join the Confederacy. From then until his death his exploits made him one of the legendary figures of the Confederacy. He was promoted to colonel of the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry on April 4, 1862, and brigadier general on December 11th. His series of raids into Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio earned him a vote of thanks from the Confederate Congress and the undying hatred of a large segment of the frightened Northern population. On his most famous raid north of the Ohio in 1863, he was captured near New Lisbon and imprisoned in the Ohio State Penitentiary with several of his officers. But no prison could hold the notorious Confederate raider as he soon escaped! On the night of September 3, 1864, while enroute to attack Union forces near Knoxville, he camped near Greenville, Tenn. Early the next morning he was surprised by a detachment of Union cavalry and was killed in the garden of the house where he had been sleeping.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Seated view of Morgan wearing a kepi and a double breasted frock coat with rank of brigadier general. He poses with his legs crossed which show off his high black cavalry boots. Standing at his side is his 21 year old bride, Martha (Mattie) Ready, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., wearing a heavy overcoat. This view was taken in 1863 at the time of their wedding. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York. 2 cents blue George Washington tax stamp on the reverse. Light age toning and wear.