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Information here based on the research of Kevin Everingham of Michigan
and the research of Scott Ives of MN.
Joseph Morgan's daughter Leora's family Bible says "Joseph Morgan's only brother died of wounds during the Civil War. Records found show that he actually died of disease."
1850 CENSUS Warwick, Orange County, New York
John Morgan, 35, colier, Amy Morgan 29, Sarah M. 12, Wm. 8, Elizabeth 5, Mary 2.
1860 CENSUS Victor, Clinton County, MI
John Morgan 45, farmer born in NY, Amy 39, b.NJ, William 18 NY, Betsy 15 NY, Mary 12 NY, Margaret 9 NY, Catherine 7 NY, Joseph 5 NY, Amy 1 MI.
William MORGAN,of DeWitt, MI, joined the 24th Michigan Infantry, Co. H. at age 20. Died of disease at Belle Plain, VA Feb 24, 1863.
24th Regiment, Michigan Infantry
Organized at Detroit, Mich., and mustered soldiers in to service in August, of 1862. William mustered in August 13th, and married Dora Steele in Lansing, MI 3 days later on August 16, 1862, his unit didn't leave for a couple of weeks; The Regiment moved to Washington, D. C., August 29, 1862. Attached to Defences of Washington, D. C., til October, 1862. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, to November, 1862. 4th Brigade, 1st Division, 1st Army Corps, to June, 1863.
SERVICE.-Duty in the Defence of Washington, D. C., till October 1, 1862. Moved to Frederick, Maryland., October 1, thence to Sharpsburg, Maryland., October 6, and to Warrenton, Virginia., October 20-November 6. Guard Richmond, Fredericksburg & Aquia Creek Railroad November 25-December 6. Advance to Falmouth December 6- 11. Battle of Fredericksburg December 12-15. "Mud March" January 20-24, 1863. The Regiment remained at Belle Plain till April.
It was likely during the January "Mud March" when William Morgan became sick. It was at Belle Plain, VA where William died of Typhoid fever, February 1863.
further research of Kevin Everingham of Michigan, April 2014;
1862 Affidavit of Marriage... "This is to certify that William Morgan of the town of Dewitt, County of Clinton, State of Michigan, aged twenty years and Dora Steele of the town of Dewitt, Clinton, MI, aged sixteen years, were joined together in Holy Matrimony by me at the city of Lansing, Ingham, MI, this sixteenth day of August 1862 in presence of R.C. Dant, A.N. Smith & Smith Hunter,.. R.C. Dant, Justice of the Peace." (unfortunately it gives no parent's names).
Widow's Certificate #WC23474 ... "William Morgan, Co.H, 24th MI Infantry, widow's name; Dora E. (Steele), other dependent: --------- , This document says the original application, proof of service, proof of death, proof of marriage are all included.
1863 War of 1861 Pension form... "In the case of Dora E. Morgan, widow of William Morgan private Co. H. 24 Mich Vols,.. Clinton county, Michigan, Post Office address; DeWitt, MI, claim for widow pension admitted May 23, 1864 to a pension of $8.00 per month, commencing February 24, 1863."
1864 Adjutant General's Office, Washington, D.C. January 23, 1864. Pension #42721...It appears from the rolls of this office, that William Morgan was enrolled on the 9th day of August 1862 at Detroit in Co. H, 24th Regiment of Michigan Volunteers to serve three years. He Mustered into service as a Private on the 13th day of August 1862 at Detroit, MI in Co. H, 24 Reg of MI... On the Muster Roll of Co.H of that Regiment, for the months of January and February 1863, he is reported "died near Belle Plain, VA, February 24, 1863 at Regimental Hospital of Typho Malarial Fever. - Malaria and typhoid are two different diseases but sometimes (especially in the 1800's) physicians were unable to diagnose them properly due to similarity in certain sign and symptoms. According to the Army Medical Dept. in an 1863 report, proper identification was difficult and a typho-malarial fever diagnosis may have been typhoid, marlaria, both or neither.