Lewis O. Morris


from The New York Times, June 9, 1864:
                   Obituary.
             COL. LEWIS O. MORRIS.
  The Albany Evening Journal gives the follow-
ing sketch of the late Col. LEWIS O. MORRIS:
  "Col. MORRIS was a soldier not only by education
but by instinct. He embraced the profession with all
the ardor of an enthusiast, and made it the ambition
of his life to excel in it. He was born in the field,
for his father was a soldier before him, and his
mother accompanied her husband in nearly all of his
campaigns. The former having been killed at the
siege of Monterey, young MORRIS received a commis-
sion in the regular army, although he was not gradu-
ated at West Point. He was at Vera Cruz during the
Mexican war, and we believe saw something of active
service in the memorable campaign under SCOTT and
TAYLOR. Since that he has been almost continually in
the field. At the outbreak of the Rebellion, he was
in Texas, and his company was the only one,
if we remeber rightly, that did not surrender to reb-
els. He was actively engaged during the earlier pe-
riod of the rebellion; and the estimation in which he
was held by the military authorities was shown in
the fact that he was designated to direct the opera-
tions against Fort Macon, North Carolina, which he
captured and afterwards commanded. It was a place
of great strength, and its reduction was justly re-
garded as one of the most brilliant achievements of
the war.
  His health becoming somewhat impaired, he came
home on leave of absence in the Summer of 1862.
After remaining here a few weeks he was made
Colonel of the One Hundred and Thirteenth New-
York Regiment, (Infantry,) raised in this City, and
immediately left for the seat of war. His regiment
was the first one from this State to arrive in Wash-
ington, at a moment when the city was menaced by a
rebel army. The War Department expressed its
grateful appreciation of the service its timely ar-
rival rendered the country by converting it into a
regiment of Heavy Artillery. It was stationed at
Fort Reno, where it remained until a few weeks ago.
  But this was not the place where Col. MORRIS
wished to be. He chafed under his inaction, when
his brother officers were periling their lives in the
field, and made repeated requests to be sent into the
field. At last the desire of his heart was gratified.
The order to advance came, and he joined our army
at Spottsylvania. In the subsequent engagements--
and he participated in nearly all of them--he com-
manded a brigade, consisting of the First Maine and
Seventh New-York Heavy Artillery.
  Col. MORRIS was no ordinary man. His mind, nat-
urally vigorous, was strengthened by hard study and
enriched by liberal culture. Strong in will, yet win-
ning in manners, he at once commanded the respect
and affection of those under his command. Although
a strict disciplinarian, he was idolized by his men.
Cool in the hour of danger, self-possessed when the
storm of battle raged fiercest, he inspired, by his ex-
ample, the courageous, encouraged the timid, and
rebuked the cowardly. He was a stranger to fear,
and died gloriously in the field in the face of the rebel
foe. He was an ardent patriot, loved the old flag
more than he did life, and went into the war for its
defence with his whole heart. In the bright roll of
martyr-heroes which history will exhibit to the admi-
ration of coming ages, few names will shine out with
a serener splendor than that of Col. LEWIS O. MORRIS.


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