• Civil War Private Reports That Morgan Is In Kentucky

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    JOSEPH CORBIN enlisted as a private on September 20, 1861, five months after the Civil War began.  He mustered into G Co. Ohio 44th Infantry and was later transferred to the Ohio 8th Infantry.  The regiment was active in the Battles Of Lewisburg and Cumberland Gap, Siege of Knoxville and Sanders’ Knoxville Road. Corbin was later promoted to corporal.

    Corbin was mustered out on July 30, 1865, at Clarksburg, W.VA.  During his enlistment, Corbin was promoted to corporal.


    1 1/3 pp, 5 x 8, Frankfort, KY, Feb. 3d, 1863. Joseph Corbin writes to brother David. “We have been marching...I am well at present...We have got orders to march but I don’t think it is on a distant trip. It is reported that Morgan is in Kentucky and that we will only go to some other point.  Three days rations is ordered to be cooked...Joseph H. Corbin”


    Confederate Brig. Gen. John H. Morgan had succeeded in three successful raids in Kentucky by the spring and early summer of 1863.  Planning had been ongoing for months. Both of his superiors, Generals Joe Wheeler and Braxton Bragg, wanted Morgan to raid into the Bluegrass State and, if possible, to make a definitive move on Louisville.  However, Morgan’s Raid ultimately was a dramatic defeat for Confederate forces.


    Folds, light toning, in pencil. With cover.


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