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Morgan, Arthur E.
MILITARY SERVICE
Age: 18, credited to Rutland, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT INF, 14th VT INF
Service: enl 5/2/61, m/i 5/9/61, Pvt, Co. G, 1st VT INF, m/o 8/15/61; enl 9/10/62, m/i 10/21/62, Pvt, Co. H, 14th VT INF, m/o 7/30/63

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VITALS
Birth: abt 1843, Rutland, VT
Death: 04/26/1887

Burial: May be buried in ..., , SC
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
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Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(State digraphs will show that this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldier's home)

Remarks: See additional information below
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BURIAL:
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Murdered near Cohen's Corners, SC
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and other veterans who may be buried there.



Articles Related to His Murder

A. E. Morgan, son of the late David Morgan of West Rutland, is believed to have been murdered near Cohen's Corners, S. C., a few weeks ago, and Carson White, a negro, has been arrested on suspicion of having committed the crime. Mr. Morgan had been canvassing on the rice plantations.

Middlebury Register, June 10, 1887.

A Vermonter Murdered
A.E. Morgan of West Rutland Killed and Robbed in South Carolina

Rutland June 5- A.E. Morgan son of the late David Morgan of West Rutland, is believed to have been murdered near Cohen's Corners S.C. a few weeks ago and Carson White, a negro, has been arrested on suspicion of having committed the crime. Mr. Morgan had been canvassing the rice plantations. When the body was found the pockets of the dead man's clothes were turned inside out, showing that robbery was the motive for the murder. Mr. Morgan left Rutland about 10 years ago. He lived in Atlanta Ga. for some time and then went further south. He was a member of Company H, 14th Vermont regiment in the war.

Burlington Weekly Free Press, June 10, 1887.

In the Court of Sessions at Walterboro last Friday, before Judge Hudson, Caesar White, colored, was tried and found guilty of the murder of E. A. Morgan. He was sentenced to be hanged on the 26th of August.

Yorkville Enquirer, Yorkville, S.C., June 15, 1887.

Caesar White, a negro who was convicted of the murder of A.E. Morgan, a white man, in Colleton County, and sentenced to be hanged, has had his sentence commuted by the Governor to life imprisonment in the penitentiary. White was convicted on purely circumstantial evidence, protesting his innocence, and the Attorney-General, of whom the Governor sought legal advice in the case, fully concurred with him in the opinion that the man ought not to hang.

Yorkville Enquirer, Yorkville, SC, Oct. 5, 1887.

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Columbia, S.C. -- October 2 -- Caesar White, a negro, was convicted of the murder of A.E. Morgan, a white man of Colleton County, and sentenced to be hanged. He has had his sentence commuted by the Governor to life imprisonment in the penitentiary. Morgan was a pack peddler and was making a tour of the rice plantations in the lower part of Colleton County. On the morning of the 26th of last April his dead body, riddled with buckshot, was found on the roadside between Green Pond and Ashepoo. His pockets were turned inside out, showing that robbery was the motive for the murder. Caesar was arrested upon suspicion, and the evidence upon which he was convicted was entirely circumstantial. He persistently protested his innocence, and the Governor, upon investigating his case, became convinced that the chain of evidence was by no means complete, and therefore determined to give him the benefit of the doubt. The Southern Star, a Colleton County newspaper, is indignant over the action of the Governor, whom it criticises in the following harsh manner: "Caesar White, the inhuman negro brute, who shot down and cruelly murdered A.E. Morgan, has escaped the gallows through the agency of a weak minded Governor, who seems to be too chicken-hearted to permit a hanging no matter what the crime may be." The Star has wholly misconceived the character of Governor Richardson. While tempering mercy with justice in his execution of the laws of the State, he will be found ready to let the extreme penalty be applied, whenever in his judgement it is not his duty to commute or withhold it. The Attorney General, of whom the Governor sought legal advice in the case of Caesar White, fully concurred with him in the opinion that the man ought not to hang.

The Newberry Herald and News, Newbury, SC, Oct. 6, 1887.

Caesar White, the murderer of A. E. Morgan, was carried by Mr. Smith, a Penitentiary guard, to Columbia to-day, to commence leading his life sentence of imprisonment, which was granted him by the Governor.

Charleston News and Courier (SC), 6 Oct 1887.

Cesar White, a negro who was convicted of the murder of A. E. Morgan, a white man, in Colleton County, and sentenced to be hanged, has had his sentence commuted by the Governor to life imprisonment in the penitentiary.

Anderson Intelligencer (SC), Oct. 27, 1887

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