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MORGAN, Charles Hale, soldier, born in Manlius, New York, 6 November, 1834; died on Alcatraz island, California, 20 December, 1875. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1857, assigned to the 4th artillery, and took part in the Utah expedition of 1859. He became 1st lieutenant on 1 April, 1861, and was engaged in the western Virginia operations and in the defences of Washington from December of that year till March, 1862. He served in the Army of the Potomac during the peninsular campaign, was promoted captain on 5 August, 1862, and in October appointed chief of artillery of the 2d corps. He held a volunteer commission as lieutenant-colonel on the staff from 1 January, 1863, till 21 May, 1865. He engaged in the Rappahannock campaign, and was brevetted major for services at Gettysburg, lieutenant-colonel for the action at Bristoe Station, Virginia, colonel for Spottsylvania, colonel of volunteers, 1 August, 1864, for the Wilderness campaign, and brigadier-general of volunteers, 2 December. 1864, for services as chief-of-staff of the 2d army corps during the campaign before Richmond, Virginia He assisted in organizing an army corps of veterans in Washington, D.C.. in 1864-'5, and was assistant inspector-general and chief-of-staff to General Hancock, commanding the middle military division from 22 February till 22 June, 1865. From that date till 7 August, 1865, he was a member of the board to examine candidates for commissions in colored regiments. He was brevetted brigadier-general, United States army, 13 March, 1865, for services in the field during the war, and made full brigadier-general of volunteers on 21 May, 1865. He was mustered out of the volunteer service, 15 January, 1866, and from 10 March to 26 June, 1866, served on a board of officers to make recommendations for brevet promotions in the army. He was on recruiting service from 9 August, 1866, till 15 April, 1867, and became major of the 4th artillery oil 5 February, 1867. He then served in the artillery-school at Fortress Monroe and other stations on the Atlantic coast, and at the time of his death commanded Alcatraz island, California
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