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    Civil War Major General's Frock Coat, Vest and CDV of Major General James D. Morgan The coat conforms to the Civil War regulations for a brigadier general. Double breasted with eight buttons spaced in groups of two, backmarked "Extra Quality" sewn fast with original thread. Body of fine quality blue wool with raw skirt edge and excellent Civil War period sleeve cut. 1 7/8" high stand up collar with hook and eye front closure. Black polished cotton body lining with lightly padded breast. The breast and tail pockets lined with brown polished cotton. White cotton sleeve lining. Coat overall in superb condition with one seam opening on the back of the collar. Coat has evidence of its button spacing having been changed with fine tailoring closing the previous button holes, obviously done to reflect the promotion from Colonel to Brigadier General's rank. Sewn to the shoulders are bullion single border shoulder straps measuring 1 1/2" wide by 4" long, each with pairs of bullion General's stars embroidered on black wool.
    Included are correspondence relating the original purchase from family member George Stewart of Hinkley Ohio a relative of General James D. Morgan.
    CDV identified on the reverse in period ink "James Morgan Brig Gen'l, with Van Stravoren Nashville, Tenn. backmark, in fine condition, wearing what appears to be the same frock coat with the exception of the shoulder straps which are Brigadier General's in the image.
    White vest with fine white wool front, white cotton belted back. Eight gilted Scovill cuff buttons held with small brass rings. Vest shows no damage but the back shows staining.
    Crimson 5 1/2" wide silk sash with large, heavy corded lightly worn 8" tassels and approximately 127" overall.
    Included are two Army of the Cumberland Reunion menus dated 1883 and 1884.
    In Volume 10, page 85 of Millers Photographic History of the Civil War is a photograph of Morgan wearing this jacket.
    James D. Morgan being active in the Illinois Militia led a company of mounted riflemen into the Illinois Mormon War. When the Mexican-American War erupted Morgan's unit became company G of the 1st Regiment of Illinois Volunteers and joined General Zachary Taylor in northern Mexico. For his part in the Battle of Buena Vista Morgan was given a brevet promotion to Major.
    Appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 10th Illinois Infantry Regiment on April 29, 1861. On July 29 1861 promoted to Colonel commanding the 10th Illinois. In February 1862 he as assigned to command a brigade in the Army of the Mississippi at the Battle of Island Number Ten and the Siege of Corinth, promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers on July 17, 1862.
    Morgan was transferred to the Army of the Ohio (later the Army of the Cumberland). During the Chickamauga Campaign Morgan was assigned to command the 2nd Division of the Reserve Corps. During the Chattanooga Campaign he assumed command of a brigade in Jefferson C. Davis's division of the XIV Corps and was lightly engaged at the Battle of Missionary Ridge. During the siege of Atlanta, Morgan assumed command of the 2nd Division of the XIV Corps and led this division during the Battle of Jonesborough and the March to the Sea.
    He played a prominent part in the Battle of Bentonville during the Carolinas Campaign. Morgan's division held the right flank of the union line and was the only division commander to construct strong breastworks. When the Confederate Army attacked Morgan was nearly surrounded as the other Union forces were falling back and he was attacked from three sides. Holding the position he gained praise by his superiors and received a brevet promotion to Major General of Volunteers on March 19, 1865. Morgan was mustered out of the volunteer service August 1865.



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