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MORGAN, George Nelson, born on Messina island, St. Lawrence river, N. F., 7 September, 1825; died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 24 July, 1866. He removed from Canada to Minnesota in 1856, and, settling at St. Anthony, assisted in erecting the first foundry and machine-shop at the falls. At the beginning of the civil war he enlisted in the 1st Minnesota regiment, was elected captain of a company in 1861, was promoted major, and became lieutenant-colonel in 1862. Immediately after the battle of Antietam he succeeded to the colonelcy of the same regiment, and held that command until May, 1863, when, his health failing entirely, he was transferred to the veteran reserve corps, and became colonel of the 2d regiment of that corps, which post he held until within a few days of his death. He was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers, 13 March, 1865. General Morgan participated with the 1st regiment in all its battles, from Bull Run to Fredericksburg, inclusive. He was brave and cool in action and a strict disciplinarian.
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