Morgan County Chapter
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HISTORY OF CHAPTER NAME
The chapter takes its name from the county where it is located. The county is named for General Daniel Morgan, a hero in the American Revolutionary War. Morgan was born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, in 1736, but moved to Virginia in 1753. He was the commander of a band of Virginia Sharpshooters in the American Revolution. At the outbreak of the war he was commissioned captain in the Continental Army. After service in 1775 against Quebec, where he was taken prisoner and later exchanged in the fall of 1776, Morgan received commission as a colonel. He fought in the battle of Saratoga in the fall of 1777 before retiring from the army in 1779. The following year he reentered the service as a brigadier general and has the distinction of leading one of the most brilliant victories of the war when he overcame a superior British force commanded by Colonel Banastre Tarleton through his effective use of cavalry at the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina.
After the war, Morgan commanded troops in western Pennsylvania and was charged with suppressing the Whiskey Rebellion.
|Vice Regent||Julia Elam|
|Corresponding Secretary||Juanita Kegley|
|Recording Secretary||Henrietta McKinney|
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