The Morgan Letters: April 9, 1862 – January 29, 1865
In November 1861, Dr. Alex Morgan enlisted for a one-year term of service with the 19th Louisiana Infantry of the Confederate Army. He left behind his wife Fanny and their four children, and, though the couple expected to reunite at the end of his year of service, in fact they would not see each other again for nearly four years.
Two days after the Battle of Shiloh, Alex wrote his beloved wife to share "not an account of the battle, that you will see in the paper, but...my own impressions of things, as they passed before me." His frank, poignant, and often wryly humorous letters tell a powerful story of enduring love during the war that would determine the future of a young nation.
This online exhibit follows Dr. Alex Morgan's journey across the south from the Battle of Shiloh to Sherman's march. Photographs, maps, links, and music help recreate the context for his correspondence as you join Fanny and read the latest news from the battlefield.
How the letters came to The Texas Collection
Maggie Scott Logue (1884-1985), the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. N.A. Morgan, saved the letters. On her death, they were passed first to her daughter, Helen Logue Carll, and then to Helen's brother, Bill Logue. At a 2007 family reunion, the children and grandchildren of Maggie Logue voted that the letters should be kept together, donated to the Texas Collection, and be available to the public.
The letters are donated in the loving memory of Maggie Scott Logue by her children and grandchildren.
About the transcriptions
The transcriptions presented here have been modified slightly for ease of reading. Words which are indecipherable due to the passage of time or illegible handwriting are noted with brackets. We encourage you to look at digitized images of the original letters which are included in this exhibit.