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JOHN HUNT MORGAN(1825-1864) Confederate brigadier general known for cavalry raids in Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio, killed in action near Greenville, Tenn. Excessively rare, important war-date manuscript L.S. "Jno. H. Morgan", 1p. 4to. on light blue paper, "Hd. Qrs. Morgan's Div", Sparta, Tn., May 3, 1863 to Major E. S. Buford, A.A.G. to Gen. Joseph Wheeler. In part: "...No communication from Genl. Wheeler in regard to the dismounted men of my command has been received at these Hd. Qrs....This is the second time that communications from Genl. Wheeler have failed to reach me. I beg leave to state to the Commanding General that there are at this point only some ten or twelve dismounted men , who are doing guard duty &c & are even fewer than is required. Regimental Commanders report all their men, except these few, as mounted. In this connection, I would like to call the attention of the General to the fact, that there are some hundred & fifty or two hundred mounted men of my command now serving in General [Ben Hardin] Helm's Brigade. Why cannot these men be sent to McMinniville?...". A few very light toned spots and a negligible marginal tear affect nothing, else very good. Morgan wrote this letter just over a month before his Great Raid of 1863, explaining his reluctance here to part with a single man under his command. On June 11, 1863 Morgan and his men set off from Sparta to northern Ohio in an attempt to terrify the North and disrupt supply lines. The attack was thwarted, with Morgan and his men either killed or captured. Morgan would escape the Ohio Penitentiary in November, 1863, only to be killed the following year.
Estimate $ 4,000-5,000

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