THE DEATH OF MORGAN--THE GARDEN SCENE--MURDER IN THE VINEYARD--ARRIVAL OF GENERAL BASIL W. DUKE AND COLONEL DICK MORGAN--BURIAL OF THE DEAD CHIEFTAIN AT ABINGDON --SOME REFLECTIONS.
"He woke to die midst flame, and smoke,
And shout, and groan, and saber stroke."
EVEN at this remote day it is with sad and halting pen that I attempt to record the events connected with the tragedy enacted at Greenville Sunday morning, September 4, 1864--the death of Morgan, the dauntless cavalier, the flower of our knighthood, the pride of the cavalry.
The following dispatch carried inexpressible sorrow to the heart of a beautiful and accomplished wife, who had idolized her gallant and handsome husband, the peerless Morgan.
HEADQUARTERS BRIGADE, NEAR RHEATOWN, TENN.,
September 4, 1864.
MRS. GENERAL MORGAN, Abingdon, Va.:
With deep sorrow I have to announce the sad intelligence of your husband's death. He fell by the hands of the enemy, at Greenville, this morning. His remains are being brought away under flag of truce. We all mourn with you in this great affliction. Most respectfully, H. L. GILTNER,
Colonel Commanding Brigade.
Morgan dead! The Southland mourns! The enemy rejoices! A devoted wife is bereaved and the hearts of his cavalrymen are filled with gloom and unavailing regrets. A horrible Sunday morning tragedy disgraces forever the "heavy villain" in the play. Weeping clouds mingle their tears with those of the wife so cruelly made a widow; the echoes of rolling thunder are blended with the mutterings of the dead chief. tain's followers, who vow vengeance on the town of Greenville and upon the brutal ruffians who, having murdered the brave, defenseless general, perpetrated unspeakable indignities upon the helpless, unresisting dead body. Oh, the shame