We all know our beloved local townships and cities, but do you know the history behind their names?
Today Butler County Connect takes a look at the township of Morgan!
Follow along with us as Butler County Connect dives into our history! Today Butler County Connect takes a look at the township of Morgan!
Born in New Jersey, and growing up in Virginia, Daniel Morgan was not native to the region now known as township of Morgan or even Ohio! But as an important figure in our nation’s history, Ohio chose to honor him and created the Morgan township in 1811.
But why would Ohio choose to bestow such an honor on someone that isn’t even one of our
native sons? Well read on to find out!
Before Morgan was an officer in the Revolutionary war, he was known for his rebellious streak. He once annoyed an officer so much that the man struck him with the flat of the blade—Morgan responded by knocking him out! What a guy, right?
For his disobedience, Morgan was given 500 lashes, which is typically fatal. Surviving the
ordeal, Morgan went on to joke that the British had miscounted and given him only 499!
While serving in the French and Indian war, Morgan was shot through the back of his neck. The bullet cracked his left jaw and exited his cheek, leaving him scarred but still alive. Was that enough to keep him down? Heck no!
During the Revolutionary war, Morgan led riflemen to reinforce the patriots laying siege to
Boston, and later joined forces beneath Benedict Arnold (yes, that Benedict Arnold!). After
Arnold was wounded, Morgan took control, only to be eventually defeated and taken in as a
prisoner of war. He was released several months later and lived on to fight another day.
Morgan was especially well known for an ability to implement new battle stratagems to outfox British soldiers. Morgan’s Men, his own personal light infantry troops, were known for their fast deployability, and engage in hit-and-run tactics.
After the Revolutionary War, Morgan retired only to be called back to service on several
occasions. He ran for the House of Representatives and lost—though we can’t expect a guy like Morgan to give up that easily, right?—only to run again and win, serving one term before retiring from public life altogether.
Now, long after Morgan has passed, statutes of him stand across the countryside while many streets and other locations are named in his honor.