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Civil War Soldiers - Morris

Morris, Thomas A., major-general, U.S. Army, was born in Nicholas county, Ky., Dec. 26, 1811. He received an appointment to the U. S. military academy at West Point and was graduated in the class of 1834. He served for two years, resigning from the army in 1836 to take up the business of a civil engineer, having been appointed resident engineer of canals and railroads in the state of Indiana. From 1847 to 1852 he was chief engineer of two railroads, then building, and in 1852 he was made engineer-in-chief of the Indianapolis & Cincinnati railroad, and in 1854 its president, which latter position he held for three years. In 1859 he was elected president of the Indianapolis, Pittsburg & Cleveland railroad. On the breaking out of the Civil war in 1861 Mr. Morris was appointed by the governor of Indiana to the rank of brigadier-general and assigned to the command of Indiana troops in West Virginia, serving throughout that campaign. He was afterward offered commissions as brigadier-general and major-general of U. S. volunteers, but declined and took up railroad interests then needing his experienced direction. He was again chief engineer of the Indianapolis & Cincinnati railroad from 1862 until 1867, then accepted the presidency of the Indianapolis & St. Louis railroad, and in 1870 the receivership of the Indianapolis, Cincinnati & Lafayette railroad.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

Morris, William H., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in New York city, April 22, 1826. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1851, served three years in the army but resigned his commission Feb. 28, 1854, and from that time until 1861 was assistant editor of the New York "Home Journal." On Aug. 20, 1861, he joined the volunteer army as captain and assistant adjutant-general, served in the defenses of Washington and with the Army of the Potomac during the Peninsular campaign, taking part in the battles of Yorktown, Williamsburg and Fair Oaks. He resigned his staff position, Sept. 1, 1862, and the next day became colonel of the 6th N. Y. artillery. He was promoted brigadier- general of volunteers, Nov. 29, 1862; took part in the defense of Maryland heights and Harper's Ferry in that year; and at Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863, he commanded the 6th artillery held in reserve. He subsequently took part in the action at Wapping heights, and the Rapidan campaign, where he commanded the 1st brigade, 3d division, 6th army corps, and he also took part in the action at Locust Grove, Nov. 29, 1863. He participated in the battles of the Wilderness and in the action near Spottsylvania, where he commanded the 6th army corps part of the time and was severely wounded. He was on sick leave in May and June, 1864, then served on courts-martial, and on Aug. 24, 1865, was mustered out of the service. He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services in the battle of the Wilderness. After the war Gen. Morris retired to his estate in Putnam county, N. Y. He was a member of the state constitutional convention in 1869. He was the author of works on military tactics and the inventor of a conical repeating carbine. Gen. Morris died at Long Branch, N. J., Aug. 26, 1900.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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