Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-MSS
Location: LH-MSS

(Description ID: 595768)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Private Levi George Morgan


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

This collection was acquired in 2015

Biographical Sketch
Levi George Morgan was born in 1837 in Perry County, Ohio, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Lytle Morgan. At the age of four, he moved with his family to Findlay, Hancock County, Ohio.  He mustered into the service in the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company B at Findlay, Ohio. August 22, 1861. It is assumed he fought in all of the major battles in which the 21st participated, including Stone’s River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, and the Battle of Atlanta. Following the Battle of Atlanta, he and other members of his regiment pursued Confederate General Hood. They were captured at Kingston, Georgia and imprisoned on November 9, 1864 at Cahaba, Alabama until April 1865. When released, they were taken to Vicksburg, where they boarded the ill-fated steamer “Sultana” that exploded on the Mississippi as it carried Union soldiers north. After suffering in the water for some three hours, Morgan was rescued. He eventually reached Columbus, Ohio where he was mustered out at Camp
Chase, May 20, 1865.

During his veteran’s furlough, he married Susannah Clymer, of Hancock County, Ohio. Following the war, Morgan worked as a carpenter in Hancock County, where he remained until his death December 19, 1865.

Scope and Content
The collection contains twelve severely faded letters written by Morgan during the Civil War from September 1862 to February 1864. Morgan’s letters are addressed to his brother-in-law, brother, and sister. Morgan describes the landscape, particularly the deep, narrow valleys, preparations for battle, marches and skirmishes, and resentment against Copperheads residing in the North

Ac. 5906
12 items

Nashville, Tennessee: September 8, 1862
Murfreesboro, Tennessee: March 2, 1863
Murfreesboro, Tennessee: March 7, 1863
Murfreesboro, Tennessee: April 16, 1863
Murfreesboro, Tennessee: April 23, 1863`     
Murfreesboro, Tennessee: May 18, 1863
Dechard Station, Tennessee: July ? 1863
Dechard Station, Tennessee: no date
Cave Springs, Alabama: August 23, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: November 13, 1863
Chattanooga, Tennessee: December 23, 1863
Camp ?: February 28, 1864