Elijah H. Morgan is buried in the south half of Salem Cemetery Lot No. 3
with his wife, Mary (Clark) Morgan, whose grave is unmarked, and perhaps
other family members. The inscription on his Confederate States of America
tombstone reads as follows: "Elijah H. Morgan, Co. I, 23 VA INF, C.S.A."
Her obituary may be found in the 2000 archives of this list.
Elijah is one of two Confederate veterans buried at Salem (Josiah Smith
is the other), unusual for a small cemetery in Iowa.
Confederate War Veteran Celebrated 97th
Birthday in Chariton Wednesday, Nov. 4
E.H. Morgan Still Rememers Days He Spent Under General Jackson
E. H. Morgan, Chariton's only veteran of the Civil war who fought with the
Confederate army, celebrated his 97th birthday Wednesday at the home
of his son, Paul Morgan, in Chariton.
Morgan is still quite active despite his advanced years and remembers
the days spent with the Confederate army under General Pickett.
He was 25 years of age when he went to the old courthouse in Fawnville,
Virginia, and cast his lot with the Southeran armies, becoming a member
of Company L of the Twenty-Third Old Virginia.
Mr. Morgan was at Gettysburg with Pickett and in numerous other
encounters with the Union forces. As a member of the ambulance
company, he helped to bury the leg of Stonewall Jackson, shot off when
the generall forgot an order which he had issued.
General Jackson had issued an order to fire on any one who attempted
to come down the line. Forgetting his order, the General came
riding down the line on a big horse and a hail of bullets was directed
at him until the soldiers realized their error. Amputation of his leg was
necessary because of the serious injury that he sustained.
Upon the death of the famous Southern general, Mr. Morgan was
detailed as a guard of honor at the military funeral.
A member of the Southern army in the sixties, he's a thorough
American today, and at the age of 97 years he still thrills at the
stories of American valor and heroism in 1917 and 1918, and none
is prouder of the boys that fought another war and died another
year than he who one day met his present friends and neighbors on the
field of battle.
The Chariton Herald Patriot, Thursday, 5 November 1931, Page 1