CSA General John Hunt Morgan, Signed Slave Receipt, 1854
Morgan, John Hunt (1825-1864). CSA General. Partially printed DS, 1p, 7 x 4 in., Fayette Co., KY. December 26, 1854. A Kentucky slave receipt for the purchase of a 19- year-old boy named George for $900. Morgan's grandfather was the first millionaire west of the Alleghenies and built an austere house in which George, the teen-aged boy that was the subject of this sale, would ultimately live and toil.
The dashing Kentucky cavalryman, John Hunt Morgan, became a darling and magnet for the Southern cause even before his death in 1864. Col. Morgan was a proponent and successful practitioner of guerrilla tactics and the driving force behind the Confederacy’s Partisan Ranger Act of April 21, 1862. Morgan’s grand foray north of the Ohio River scared Midwestern governors but, unsupported, counted as little more than a large “raid” that temporarily buttressed Southern morale while adding to his personal fame. Morgan was killed in Greenville, TN while preparing an attack on Knoxville.
Some brittleness on the margins and soiling of the paper.