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Morgan, Daniel (1736-1802) to Nathanael Greene

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06685 Author/Creator: Morgan, Daniel (1736-1802) Place Written: Saratoga, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 April 1781 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Brigadier General Morgan after resigning on 10 February 1781 to Major General Greene as commander of the Southern Department. References Greene's letter of 26 March 1781. Writes a flattering letter expressing his pride and pleasure in knowing and working with Greene. Congratulates Greene on "repelling the enemy when the whole country stood trembling" at Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina. He commends Greene for his "Gallantry and good conduct" while the now sick Morgan served with him. Says he is directed by the Virginia Assembly to send their thanks for men who fought with him at the Battle of Cowpens in January 1781. Asks Greene to put it in the orders. Mentions that "The pain in my hip has left me but I believe the same kind of pain has taken me in the head which makes me as blind as a bat two or three times a day but the cold bath seems to help me." Address leaf is free franked by Morgan.


Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Health and Medical, Battle, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs

Sub Era: The War for Independence