Major H. B. Morgan Dies In Moore
Register of His County and Former Postmaster — Gallant Confederate.
Lynchburg, Tenn., June 26 (Special) – Major Henry Bryant Morgan, aged 80 years, a gallant soldier of the confederacy, died Sunday midnight. He was one of the most widely beloved citizens of Moore County. Maj. Morgan’s ancestors came from Wales. He was born at Charity, this county, being a son of Mr. and Mrs. William A. Morgan. With the late J. L. Bryant, he sold dry goods here for thirty-five years after the war, the firm name being J.L. Bryant & Co. He was postmaster for years and had been register for Moore County for several years, working in his office, last Wednesday, after a severe attack Tuesday night. He was a devoted ex-Confederate and his office was a regular museum of flags and pictures of the Civil War period. He served in the 41st Tennessee Infantry, participating in the following battles: Perryville, Vicksburg, Port Hudson Raymond, siege of Jackson, Hood’s Tennessee campaign, being desperately wounded, losing an arm and being captured at Franklin. He was exchanged at City Point, March 5, 1865. Maj. Morgan was married in 1868 to Mrs. Mary Jane Bryant Reese, the daughter of his associate in business. She died Sept. 4, 1921. Surviving him are: Mrs. Johnnie Norton of Winchester, a daughter of Mrs. Morton’s (misspelled) first marriage; Mrs. Jesse Billingsley of Tullahoma and Henry B. Morgan Jr., of this place. The interment was held Monday afternoon at the Odd Fellows and Masonic Cemetery, following funeral service at the residence, conducted by Elder T.C. Little, another Confederate veteran. His funeral was conducted at the residences by Elder Thomas Cheatham Little, of Fayetteville, another Confederate veteran. Mr. Morgan asked to be buried in his Confederate uniform. His casket was draped with the soiled, tattered and time-worn flag of the 41st Tennessee Regiment. The hearse which bore his remains to the Odd Fellows and Masonic Cemetery (now Lynchburg Cemetery) was decorated with flags.
Casket Draped with Confederate Flag
Lynchburg, Tenn., June 27.–(Special.)–The funeral of Maj. H.B. Morgan, who passed away after a brief illness Sunday midnight, was conducted Monday afternoon before an immense audience at the Morgan home on Poplar street. Elder T.C. Little of Fayetteville, after reading the 103d Psalm, delivered an impressive sermon. Mr. Little was a close, personal friend and comrade-in-arms of the deceased. Mr. Morgan asked to be buried in his Confederate uniform. The flag of the Forty-first Tennessee, soiled, tattered and time-worn, was draped around his casket. The hearse which bore his remains to the Odd Fellows and Masonic cemetery was decorated with flags. The honorary pallbearers were Confederate veterans, and first in the line of procession was a car in which Elder Thomas Little sat and bore aloft the flag of the Confederacy. Other veterans were: Samuel Alexander of Winchester, William Mullins of County Line, Wiley Daniel, Mulberry; Elisha Montgomery, Flat Creek; Rod Anthony, Tullahoma; Abe Frankie, Shelbyville; Brit Dillingham, County Line; John Bruce, Coffee’s Creek, and W.W. Holt of this place. Wesley Smith, colored, one of the faithful of the dark days, was a member of this group.
H.B. Morgan is listed as Henry Bradshaw Morgan in the Bible Records of John Rees. This can be found in Lincoln County Bible Records, Vol. 1, page 162,163,164,165. (By Mabel A. Tucker and Jane Warren Walker) The Bible was owned by Joseph N. Hix of Kingston, TN at the time of publication in 1971. Pictures by Dale Morgan of Knoxville, TN.
John Rees was killed at the Battle of Franklin and was the first husband of Mary Jane Bryant, who later married H.B. Morgan.
In most records Mr. Morgan is listed as H.B. Morgan. It appears that the newspaper made a mistake by listing his middle name as Bryant instead of Bradshaw, probably because of his wife’s maiden name being Bryant and his long association and ownership of J.L. Bryant & Company Store.
The Moore County Review by the Moore County Historical & Genealogical Society