September 27, 2008 BGS Meeting — Revolutionary War Hero, Daniel Morgan

The Birmingham Genealogical Society meets the fourth Saturday of each month (excluding Nov. & Dec.) in the Arrington Auditorium at the Downtown Birmingham Public Library.  Guests are encouraged to attend!

Next meeting: Saturday, September 27th at 2 p.m.  Refreshments at 1:30 p.m.

Speaker: William “Bill” Clement, BGS Member

Program Topic: Revolutionary War Hero, Daniel Morgan

Details: www.birminghamgenealogy.org or BPL-Southern History Dept. at (205) 226-3665

Daniel Morgan was an American pioneer, soldier and United States Representative from Virginia. One of the most gifted battlefield tacticians of the American Revolutionary War, he later commanded the troops that suppressed the Whiskey Rebellion. Commissioned a captain in 1775, he raised a company of rifleman and joined the Continental Army outside Boston, Massachusetts.  He volunteered his company for Benedict Arnold’s Quebec campaign.  When Arnold was wounded at Quebec, Morgan took command and was later captured by the British.  He was freed through a prisoner exchange in 1776 and was promoted to colonel. His famed “Morgan’s Rangers” of sharpshooters distinguished themselves in the American victory at Saratoga.  Passed by for promotion, Morgan retired from the army in 1779, but was recalled in 1780 and was made a brigadier general.  In a brilliant victory at the battle of Cowpens in South Carolina, he defeated the numerically superior British forces. After the war, Morgan served as a Federalist Congressman from 1797 to 1799.  He died in Winchester, Virginia on July 6, 1802.

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