The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 30, July 1926 - April, 1927 Page: 179
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Extracts from the Reminiscence's of General Morgan 179
ory serves me correctly, a part of the original had been somewhat
blurred by the upsetting of an inkstand and his daughter had
copied it while it was still legible.
Owing to the partiality of General Sam Houston, George Morgan
was given a commission of Captain in the regular army of the
Republic of Texas, and at the age of eighteen he was in command
of the Post of Galveston. He resigned this position to accept a
cadetship at West Point but did not graduate, as he resigned as a
second classman and went to Mount Vernon, Ohio, where he studied
law. His widow told the writer that "General Morgan never
would tell anyone why he left West Point."
On the outbreak of the war with Mexico young Morgan was
made Colonel of the 2nd Regiment of Ohio Volunteers and served
in the army of General Taylor. When the 15th Regular Infantry
Icgiment was formed George Morgan was made its first Colonel
and it was sent to serve with General Scott. It was at Churubusco
that he was badly wounded and was brevetted a Brigadier General
at the age of twenty-six, the youngest in the Mexican war.
At the close of the war he resigned from the army and returned
to his practice of the law, but his wound was long in healing and
President Pierce sent him first as Consul to Marseilles and as soon
as there was a vacancy at Lisbon he was sent as Envoy Extraordi-
nary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Portugal where he remained
until the commencement of the Civil War, when he returned to
America and was at once made a Brigadier General. He saw
much service and gained great reputation among military men for
his masterly retreat from Cumberland Gap while being continually
harrassed by the Confederate Cavalry General, John Morgan, of
raiding fame. He succeeded General Sherman in the command
of the 13th Corps, U. S. A. and was at Vicksburg.
President Lincoln consulted General George Morgan as to the
advisability of using negro troops in the Union army and General
Morgan strongly advised against doing so. He left the presence
of the President under the impression that his counsel would be
followed, and when he found that he was mistaken he at once
resigned his commission, and resumed the practice of the law, and
served several terms as a member of Congress. When Seymour &
Blair were nominated by the democratic convention, the many
friends of General Morgan strongly urged his nomination for
President at one period of the proceedings.
General Morgan died at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, on July
GENERAL MORGAN'S REMINISCENCES
It is not my purpose to write a history nor yet an autobiography;
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