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Collection Number: 02842

Collection Title: John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890.

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 650 items)
Abstract John Hunt Morgan of Kentucky was a Confederate cavalry raider and brigadier general. He married Mattie Ready in December 1862 and died in Greenville, Tenn., on 4 September 1864. The collection is chiefly military and personal correspondence of John Hunt Morgan, relating to his activities in connection with recruiting and organizing his men; his raids in Kentucky, Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia; his imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio, in the summer of 1863; his escape and return to the Confederacy in December 1863, and the reorganization of his brigade; and his operations out of Abingdon, Va., until his death. Included is correspondence of the Ready family of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and their Cheatham relatives. Many of the letters are from Morgan's mother, Henrietta, of Lexington, Ky., to her daughter-in-law, and from Morgan's brothers and sisters. The papers before the Civil War are scattered Ready family papers. The papers after Morgan's death are chiefly letters received by his widow. Other materials include three manuscript maps of Morgan's area of operations; broadsides relating to orders and proclamations by Morgan; a folder of clippings that includes a May 1862 issue of The Union Volunteer; and an essay, 1890, by John M. Orr, refuting an allegation that Morgan was betrayed by the Williams family of Greenville, Tenn.
Creator Morgan, John Hunt, 1825-1864.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Hunt Morgan Papers, #2842, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Full text of John Hunt Morgan, General Order, No. 2
Full text of John Hunt Morgan, To the People of Estelle and Adjoining Counties
Full text of John T. Pickett, To the Army and People of Kentucky
Microfilm copies of some materials are also available.
Acquisitions Information
Purchase 1952
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Hunt Morgan of Kentucky was a Confederate cavalry raider and brigadier general. He married Mattie Ready in December 1862 and died in Greenville, Tenn., on 4 September 1864.

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The collection is chiefly military and personal correspondence of John Hunt Morgan of Kentucky relating to his activities in connection with recruiting and organizing his men; his raids in Kentucky, Tennessee, and southwestern Virginia; his imprisonment at Columbus, Ohio, in the summer of 1863; his escape and return to the Confederacy in December 1863, and the reorganization of his brigade; and his operations out of Abingdon, Va., until his death. Included is correspondence of the Ready family of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and their Cheatham relatives. Many of the letters are from Morgan's mother, Henrietta, of Lexington, Ky., to her daughter-in-law, and from Morgan's brothers and sisters. The papers before the Civil War are scattered Ready family papers. The papers after Morgan's death are chiefly letters received by his widow. Other materials include three manuscript maps of Morgan's area of operations; broadsides relating to orders and proclamations by Morgan; a folder of clippings that includes a May 1862 issue of The Union Volunteer; and an essay, 1890, by John M. Orr, refuting an allegation that Morgan was betrayed by the Williams family of Greenville, Tenn.

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About 650 items.
Folder 1a

Original finding aid material #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1840-1861 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 1

Folder 2

1862 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 2

Folder 3

1863: January-March #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 3

Folder 4

1863: April-August #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 4

Folder 5

1863: September-December #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 5

Folder 6

1864: January 1-11 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 6

Folder 7

1864: January 12-18 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 7

Folder 8

1864: January 19-20 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 8

Folder 9

1864: January 21-31 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 9

Folder 10

1864: February-March #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 10

Folder 11

1864: April-May #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 11

Folder 12

1864: June-July #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 12

Folder 13

1864: August-November #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 13

Folder 14

January 1865-May 1866 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 14

Folder 15

1866: June-December #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 15

Folder 16

1867 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 16

Folder 17

1868-1870; 1890 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 17

Includes essay by John M. Orr.

Folder 18

Confederate materials, undated #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 18

Includes military orders and correspondence, letters home from Morgan, and a telegram.

Folder 19

Letters from Henrietta Morgan to her daughter-in-law, undated #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 19

Folder 20

Letters to Mattie (Ready) Morgan from Nellie Morgan and H. M. Duke, undated #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 20

Folder 21

Letters, undated #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 21

Many letters addressed to Mattie (Ready) Morgan.

Folder 22

Letters and essays, undated #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 22

Folder 23

Lettercopy book, April-August 1864 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 23

Folder 24

Maps, undated #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 24

Two maps cover areas of Tennessee and beyond.

Folder 25

Broadsides, 1862-1864 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 25

Folder 26

Clippings, circa 1861-1864 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 26

Articles relate primarily to Morgan's battles and death.

Folder 27

The Vidette, 1862 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 27

Folder 27a

The Union Volunteer, Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 1862 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 27a

Folder 28

Essay, "Morgan's Raiders," by "Faithful and Brave," undated #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." Folder 28

Image Folder PF-2842/1

Photograph of Mrs. John Hunt Morgan, Murfeesboro, Tenn., 23 December 1862 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." PF-2842/1

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-2842/1

Map of South Western Virginia, 1862 #02842, Series: "John Hunt Morgan Papers, 1840-1870; 1890." OPF-2842/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Jordan, April 2011

This collection was processed with support from the sponsorship of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Preservation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993.

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