★  Morgan, George W.

George Washington Morgan


Born: September 20, 1820

Birthplace: Washington County, Pennsylvania

Father: Thomas Morgan 1780 – 1829

Catherine Duane 1782 – 1863

Wife: Sarah H. Hall 1827 – 1911
(Buried: Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio)​


Harriet Duane Morgan Coffinberry 1852 – 1937​
(Buried: Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio)​
Infant Morgan 1855 – 1855​
(Buried: Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio)​


Attended Washington College in Pennsylvania​
1841 – 1843: Attended West Point Military Academy – Resigned (due to poor grades)​

Occupation before War:

Served in the Texas Army rising to the rank of Captain​
1839: Resigned from the Texas Army and returned to Pennsylvania​
1846 – 1848: Served in the Mexican American War rising to Colonel​
1847: Wounded at the Battle of Churubusco, Mexico​
1848: Brevetted Brigadier General for Gallantry at two battles​
1848 – 1856: Attorney in Mount Vernon, Ohio​
1856 – 1858: United States Counsel to Marseilles, France​
1858 – 1861: United States Minister to Portugal​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1863: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1862: Division Commander in Southeastern, Kentucky​
1862: Drove the confederates from Cumberland Gap​
1862: Forced to retreat in September towards the Ohio River​
1862: Attacked by John Morgan’s soldiers​
1862: His 8,000 men marched over 200 miles to Greenup, Kentucky​
1862: Served in the Kanawha River Valley, Defending Charleston​
1863: Division Commander during the Vicksburg Campaign​
1863: Sherman was angry at Morgan for his role at Chickasaw Bluffs​
1863: Redeemed himself at the capture of Fort Hindman, Arkansas​
1863: Suffered from bad health and didn’t support black soldiers​
1863: Resigned from the Union Army on June 8th

Occupation after War:

Opposed Government interference, State Institution, Slavery​
1864: Campaigner in Ohio for the George B. McClellan Campaign​
1865: Unsuccessful Democratic Candidate for Governor of Ohio​
1867 – 1868: United States Congressman from Ohio​
1867 – 1868: Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs​
1868: Voted against the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson​
1869 – 1873: United States Congressman from Ohio​
1869 – 1873: Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs​
1869 – 1873: Member of the House Committee on Military Affairs​
1869 – 1873: Member of the House Committee on Reconstruction​
Spoke out against the Grant Administration, and Radical Republicans​
1876: Delegate at Large to Democratic Party National Convention​

Died: July 26, 1893

Place of Death: Fortress Monroe, Virginia

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Age at time of Death: 72 years old

Burial Place: Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He was roundly criticized by Sherman for his performance at Chickasaw Bayou. That and his opposition to purpose of the war, changing the purpose of the war from preserving the Union to the abolition of slavery, plus his opposition to the use of black soldiers, led to his being "stressed out". His problems with Sherman, his health,the use of black troops, and the public change in the purpose of the war all led to his submission for resignation.