b. 01/01/1855 St Catherines, Canada. d. 14/02/1948 Washington DC.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 17/07/1882 Big Dry Fork, Arizona.
George Horace Morgan was born in St. Catharines, Canada West, on January 1, 1855, to George N. Morgan, who would later serve as a general in the American Civil War.
Morgan was appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from Minnesota in 1876, graduating in 1880. He was post commander of Fort Myer, Virginia, when he held the rank of major from March to June 1899.
Morgan served in all the United States’ wars from the Indian Wars to World War I. He was wounded by an Apache in the Battle of Big Dry Wash in the Arizona Territory in 1882, for which he received the Medal of Honor. The bullet remained near his heart for over 60 years until it shifted in 1948 and caused his death. He is the namesake of Camp Morgan in Bosnia. Three other men, First Lieutenant Frank West, Second Lieutenant Thomas Cruse and First Sergeant Charles Taylor were also awarded Medals of Honor in this action. West and Cruse are also Academy graduates.
Colonel Morgan was an hereditary companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States by right of his father’s service in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
Gallantly held his ground at a critical moment and fired upon the advancing enemy (hostile Indians) until he was disabled by a shot.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
SECTION 3, GRAVE 2053.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: WEST POINT MUSEUM (1863 DESIGN), WEST POINT, NEW YORK.