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Morgan Family Civil War Letters
VMI Archives Manuscript #0356

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Civilian & home life, Currituck Co., North Carolina, 1863-1864
About the Letters
During the Civil War, the family of Joseph B. and Annie Lamb Morgan resided in Currituck County, North Carolina. One of the Morgan sons, Patrick Henry (b. 1844 d. 1917), was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute from 1862-1864. During his cadetship, he took part in the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864. After the war, Patrick studied law, but did not practice. He then engaged in business and was a state senator in the North Carolina legislature. He was subsequently a district supervisor of the United States Life Saving Service (now the U. S. Coast Guard). Patrick Henry Morgan died in Shawboro, NC on August 27, 1917. The letters were written by Joseph Morgan to his son Patrick, describing wartime life at home in North Carolina.
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  • 1863 January 28.
    Wartime civilian life in Currituck Co; death of uncle in battle at Fredericksburg; enemy raids; diphtheria very prevalent.
  • 1863 February 13.
    Enemy treatment of civilians; family news.
  • 1864 January 3.
    A detailed account of the journey of a committee of citizens to appeal to Union Gen. Butler to "secure their property from destruction;" selling horse and sending money from sale; family news.
  • 1864 May 16.
    Discusses rumors of a major Confederate victory--"should these things be true, this fanatical war must be drawing rapidly to a close. May God speed the happy day." Also family news.
  • 1864 October 31.
    Family news; cautions son against neglecting his "religious duties."