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Guide to the Confederate Veterans Reunion Photographic Collection, 1895-1924

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Guide to the Confederate Veterans Reunion Photographic Collection




University of Kentucky Special Collections

Lexington, Kentucky 40506

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Guide to the Confederate Veterans Reunion Photographic Collection, PA65M158, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


.25 cu. ft. (1 box): 6 images


John Hunt Morgan held a variety of official and unofficial titles throughout his military service to the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Morgan's chief fame, however, emerged from his daring raids, many of which were staged in Kentucky. Christened the "Thunderbolt of the Confederacy" by an adoring South, he was also described as "King of the Horse Thieves" by Northern sympathizers.

Morgan and his troops, who were known colloquially as "Morgan's Men," supported Confederate General Braxton Bragg's campaigns in Kentucky and Tennessee. Morgan's techniques were unorthodox and controversial, though usually effective. He often masqueraded as a union trooper behind enemy lines and frequently used civilians in his raids. Morgan legends abound and include his dramatic escape from a federal penitentiary in Ohio, his ride on horseback through his mother's house to kiss her goodbye, and his death at the hands of a lowly Union private.

Morgan's death on September 4, 1864, was the cause of intense mourning throughout the South. Those of his men who survived the war formed the "Morgan's Men Association" in Lexington, Kentucky on April 17, 1868. The veterans held frequent reunions in Kentucky and Ohio; the organization survives to this day.

Scope and Content

The Confederate Veterans Reunion Photographic Collection, 1895-1924 consists of six photographs of Confederate veterans at reunion events, comprised mostly of posed shots of large groups


  • Confederate States of America. Army. Morgan's Cavalry Division
  • Confederate States of America--History--Societies, etc
  • United Confederate Veterans
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental histories
  • Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans

User Restrictions

Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky.

Related Material

, 71M28, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Duke, Basil Wilson. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1960.

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Holland, Cecil Fletcher. New York: Macmillan, 1942.

, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.

Ramage, James A. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky, c1986.

White, William W. Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Confederate Pub. Co., 1962.

Williams, Scott K. "Morgan's Men Association". 18 September, 2003.

Collection Inventory

"Morgan's Men Association Reunion, Lexington Country Club; 11 men seated on steps, Captain George W. Muir at upper right" typed on back, [n.d.]
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"Morgan' Men Association Reunion, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce; hosted by Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Seventh Ohio Cavalry", September 7, 1896
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"Confederate reunion at Harrodsburg Ky. 1899"; "Mrs. G.D. Hamilton, Glendon Ave., Richmond [KY]" both noted on back in handwritting, 1899
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Group of Confederate veterans, "Estill Springs 1924" handwritten on back, 1924
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Confederate veterans' reunion at John Thomas Daughaday's farm; near Palmore, Graves Co., KY; typed list of names included: FRONT ROW, L to R: James Murphy, James McNeely, James Karr Holloway (Co. G, 1st Texas Regiment, Infantry, Hood's Brigade), Jerome Willingham, John A. Blackburn, Samuel Theopolis Grace (Co. C, 7th Kentucky Regiment, Mounted Infantry), James Adams, John Thomas Daughaday, "Doc" Lawrence or Polk Willingham. SECOND ROW, L to R: Andrew "Nat" Yates, Felix Jones, Franklin Mullins, William Bostic, Will Linder, John A. Wilson, John Hampton Short (Co. E, 3rd Kentucky Regiment, Mounted Infantry), Acie Gates, George Cameron. BACK ROW, L to R: Richard Johnson Grace (Co. G, 4th Kentucky Regiment, Infantry, Orphan Brigade), Tom Majors, William H. Lawrence (Co. G, 12th Kentucky Regiment, Cavalry), Lycurgus Willingham, Charlie Powell, Pat Wadlington (Co. E, 3rd Kentucky Regiment, Mounted Infantry), Henry George (Co. A, 7th Kentucky Regiment, Mounted Infantry), ca. 1895-1900
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"B.P. Shillaber - (Mrs Partington) Charles G. Halpine (Miles O'Reilly)" handwritten along the bottom of the card; Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber (1814-1890) wrote a series of book before and after the Civil War featuring the satirical character of Mrs. Partington and was the editor of the magazine "Carpet Bag"; Brigadier General Charles Graham Halpine (1829-1868) served in the Union army and published under his own name and the pseudonym "Private Miles O'Reilly", 1860's
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