John Hunt Morgan portrait

John Hunt Morgan was a Confederate cavalry officer during the American Civil War. He is best known for leading several cavalry raids into Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio during the War of the Rebellion. [Wikimedia Commons]

John Hunt Morgan, Facts

June 1, 1825 - September 4, 1864

John Hunt Morgan was a Confederate cavalry officer during the American Civil War. He is best known for leading several cavalry raids into Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio during the War of the Rebellion.

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Full Name:

  • John Hunt Morgan

Birth Date:

  • June 1, 1825

Birth Location:

  • Huntsville, Alabama

Parents:

  • Calvin and Henrietta (Hunt) Morgan

Education:

  • Transylvania College

Occupation:

  • Military officer

Career Summary:

  • Brigadier General (CSA)

Spouses:

  • Rebecca Gratz Bruce (1848),
  • Martha Ready (1862)

Nickname(s):

  • Thunderbolt of the Confederacy

Place of Death:

  • Greeneville, Tennessee

Date of Death:

  • September 4, 1864

Place of Burial:

  • Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky

Significance:

  • John Hunt Morgan had at least one slave son, Sidney Morgan, by a slave woman, and was the biological grandfather of African American inventor Garrett Morgan (1877-1963).
  • During the American Civil War, John Hunt Morgan took part in the Battle of Shiloh, the Battle of Hartsville, Morgan’s Raid, the Battle of Tebbs’ Bend, the Battle of Corydon, the Battle of Buffington Island, the Battle of Salineville, and the Battle of Cynthiana.
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Citation Information

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  • Article Title John Hunt Morgan, Facts
  • Coverage June 1, 1825 - September 4, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords John Hunt Morgan, Morgan's Raid, Battle of Buffington Island
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 1, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 29, 2021