I hope I am not an imposition. I would like to join here and learn as much as I can.
My 3rd great-grandfather came to KY from Arkansas. He completed a confederate pension application in Bourbon County, Kentucky but did not obtain his pension because the war office could not figure out who he was. He was 87 when he applied, and 89 at his death. I am not sure if his memory was failing or if the records I am trying to search are not clear cut.
He has a confederate grave stone, which reads:
William Morgan. Co A, 1st Regt, Hindman’s Brigade, Confederate States Army.
Jan 15, 1841- October 9, 1930
From his pension application, completed in Bourbon County, KY in 1928:
On the pension application, he gives his regiment as “Company A, 1st Regiment Hindman’s Brigade. This was under General Braggs command.” He elaborates: “1861 enlisted under Hindman and was attached to Gen. Braggs command at Memphis, Tennessee and William Grissom Captain killed at Perryville, Ky. Lieut Bound” and that he “got out of the army in 1865 below Atlanta, Ga. This was at the time of the surrender of the army.”
I am in over my head of course, but I believed that Capt. Grissom was with Company K of the 2nd Arkansas at Perryville, KY when he died.
I did find a military file for a William L. Morgan (on Fold3) who enlisted under Hindman and was with Company K of the 2nd Arkansas, was captured I think in TN and spent time at Camp Douglas in Illinois. However, websites I found for Company K don't list this guy.
my William Morgan came to Kentucky after the war, married, and had one child he named Martha Jane "Mattie" Morgan (she married the nephew of the governor of Ohio). William Morgan, a tobacco farmer, outlived everyone but a young grandson, who helped him complete his pension application. Then his house burned down, and he moved in with the grandson.
William Morgan listed on the census his parents were born in Alabama and he was born in Arkansas. We have no idea who his parents were, they are never given. I attended Transylvania University (here in Lexington, KY) and knew a little about John Hunt Morgan - he was cited as our warning about being expelled for bad behavior, also my hometown bank "supplied" Morgan's Raiders and there is a plaque by the vault about it. I think I have read that John Hunt Morgan was with Braggs in Tennessee. I have wondered if my William Morgan could have been an illegitimate child of John Hunt Morgan.
I would appreciate any insight or direction anyone could offer!