Brigadier General Daniel Morgan
On this 4th of July I would like to tell you the story of a local man who went to America at the young age of 14, his name Dan Morgan. He was born in Moydamlagh, Draperstown in the year of 1736.
Legend has it that he and his two uncles went into exile after Daniel led a Redcoat patrol away from a penal Mass, fearing for his life his mother sent him and her two brother s to America.
When in America they found themselves on the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border in 1750, at this stage there was an influx of Scots-Irish flowing into that region. At this point he got his first employment at a saw mill as a foreman then as a wagon driver he got his first taste of warfare, Morgan was employed to transport provisions to the advance base at fort Cumberland, Maryland for the British general, Edward Braddock.
But that arrangement did not endure for long, as tension between the British and the colonists rose to a new height.
Daniel Morgan began his military career during the border disputes with French Canada where he was seriously injured and narrowly escaped with his life.
in 1775 Daniel engaged the British in many battles including the battle of Saratoga, the battle of Freemans Farm, the battle of Bemis Heights, and most importantly the battle of Cowpens which was a turning point in the American War of Independence .
The Morgan legacy which was so beautifully researched and written by the late Sister Patricia Morgan, tells a wonderful story and interesting path of a local individual.
The locality has another great man of this era, Charles Thomson, who was the secretary to the Continental Congress but I thought as today was his birthday this would be a great time to post on our site.