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    [Indian Wars]. Group of Documents Relating to Louis McLane Morris, 1st Lieutenant, 20th Infantry, U.S. Army. 1) Two-pages, 7.75" x 10.25", Headquarters 20th Infantry, Fort Snelling, Minnesota; April 14, 1877. General Orders No. 1. Announcing death of Morris. Manuscript (also photocopy of typed transcription) with black borders in ink. "With profound regret, the Colonel Commanding to the Regiment, the death of one of its most valued officers, First Lieutenant Louis M. Morris, who died suddenly at Lower Brule Agency D. T., April 7, 1877...." Signed by John B. Rodman, 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant 20th Infantry. 2) Six-pages, 8" x 12.5", St. Paul, Minnesota; August 1877. A letter (with copy of typed transcription) from Bertina M. Alexander to Mrs. [Louis] Morris in which Alexander, who appeared to be a laundress for the Morris family while stationed in the Dakota Territory, requests assistance for employment in the company in which her husband serves. In the letter, Alexander mentions the Morris children Jennie and Louis. 3) Card, partially printed, with Army& Navy Club of New York logo, 5.5" x 3.5, September 28, 1874, informing Morris that his name was placed on the list of visitors admitted to privileges of the club for two weeks. With Army & Navy Club envelope addressed to Morris. 4) Photograph, 8" x 6" albumen print on 9.75" x 8"mount; circa 1870s, of the "Officers Quarters, Lower Brule Agency, Dakota," with Morris's quarters indicated on the right. 5) carte de visite of Morris, 2.25" x 3.75" (trimmed), by J. Cremer & Company, Philadelphia; circa 1861-1865. 6) Tintype, possibly of Morris's son Louis, 2.5" x 3.5", taken at G. C. Urlin's Gallery, Columbus, Ohio, circa 1870s, in an Urlin's Gallery envelope made to hold photographs. 7) Ambrotype of Morris, 2.5" x 3.5", circa 1861-1865. 8) Cabinet card photograph of Morris, 4" x 5.5" albumin print on a 4.25" x 6.5" mount, taken at Lakeview Gallery, Augusta, Georgia; circa 1870-76. 8) carte de visite of young boy [Morris's son Louis?], 2.5" x 4", Bingham Brothers, Memphis, Tennessee; circa 1860s. 9) carte de visite of Jennie Higbee Morris, 2.5" x 4", Whitney's Gallery, St. Paul, Minnesota; October 2, 1871. 10) carte de visite of a young girl [Morris's daughter Jennie?], 2.5" x 4", circa 1860s. 11) carte de visite of a young girl [Morris's daughter Jennie?], 2.5" x 4", [S.A.] Thomas, [New York City]; circa 1860s. 12) Photographic print of Lydia Higbee Morris, 4.25" x 6.25", circa 1860s-1870s. 13) Cabinet card of young boy [Morris's son Louis], 4" x 6" albumen print on 4.25" x 6.5" mount; M.M. Gray Columbus, Ohio; circa 1870s. 14) Photographic print of Morris, 4" x 6", circa 1870s. 15) An embroidered circlet bearing the bearing the regimental number "20", probably once in gold (now faded). 16) Three photographs (2 cartes de visite and 1 cabinet card) of soldiers who may have served with Morris in the Civil War.

    Condition: The documents have the usual folds, some foxing and toning, and small areas of staining; otherwise the collection is in good condition.


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    Louis McLane Morris (1837-1877), born in Delaware, served in the Union Army during the Civil War, first as a 1st Lieutenant of Company G, 4th New Jersey Militia from April 27, 1861 to July 31, 1861, when his three-month enlistment period expired. Morris was then commissioned into the 6th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, being mustered in as 1st Lieutenant of Company G on September 9, 1861, and seeing action at the 1862 battles of Williamsburg; Fair Oaks; the Seven Days Battles, and the Second Battle of Bull Run. Lieutenant Morris took over as commander of Company G in November 1862. A month later, on November 17, 1862, he was promoted to Captain. He led his troops for the next two years in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, and in the siege of Petersburg, Virginia. Morris's regiment was dissolved in September 1862 when the original enlistments expired, and the remaining 6th New Jersey men were folded into the 8th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry in October 1864. Morris was given command of Company E of the 8th New Jersey Infantry, a unit in which he served until the end the war, seeing action in the last battles between the Army of the Potomac and the Confederacy's Army of Northern Virginia in April 1865. On April 15, 1865, Morris was commissioned as Major of the regiment. He was mustered out of service on July 17, 1865. For his service in the war, Morris was breveted 1st Lieutenant and Captain in the U.S. Army and served in the 20th Infantry in the Dakota Territory during the Indian wars. He was stationed at Lower Brule Agency (later known as Fort Hale), Dakota Territory (now South Dakota), when he died suddenly on April 7, 1877. Morris married Lydia Higbee (1843-1931) and they had a daughter, Jenny Higbee Morris (1871-1949), and a son Louis.



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