Morgan, Daniel, 1736-1802

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Birth 1736-07-06
Death 1802-07-06

Biographical notes:

Morgan was a frontiersman who prospered as a Virginia farmer. His military career began when he served as Captain of one of the two Virginia rifle companies, and led Arnold's march to Quebec (1775). He rose to the rank of brigadier general in 1780, serving until July, 1781 when he retired to "Saratoga," his estate near Winchester, Va. He commanded militia troops during the Whiskey Insurrection of 1794, and was elected to the Fifth Congress as a Federalist representing Virginia.

From the description of Papers, 1763-1800. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122498100

Daniel Morgan, a brigadier general in the Continental Army, was best known for commanding a special corps of light infantry men officially known as the Rangers, but more commonly called Morgan's Riflemen. This Rifle Corps was sent to join the Northern Army and in Setember 1777 served with great distinction in the American victory at Saratoga. Morgan also served one term as a Federalist member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

From the description of Orderly book, 1777. (Historical Society of Pennsylvania). WorldCat record id: 122580230

American general.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : New Providence [N.C.], to General Greene, 1780 Nov. 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270612942

Continental Army general; in 1795 commanded Virginia Militia ordered by George Washington to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion.

From the description of LS : to Alexander Addison, 1795 Feb. 7. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122580900


From the description of Document, 1789, Sept. 12. (Duke University). WorldCat record id: 35203631

U.S. representative of Virginia and army officer.

From the description of Collection, 1778-1783. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79452915

After the Revolutionary War Morgan retired from the Continental Army with the rank of brigadier general. In August 1794 he was placed in command of the Virginia militia sent to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion, and remained in command of the district for some time after order was restored.

From the description of ALS : western Pennsylvania, to Isaac Craig, 1794 Dec. 25. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122489364


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  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
  • Whiskey Rebellion, Pa., 1794


  • Soldiers
  • Army officers
  • Representatives, U.S. Congress--Virginia


  • Virginia (as recorded)
  • Pennsylvania (as recorded)