Biography of Andrew J. Morrison
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Morrison, Andrew J., was born in Argyle, Washington county, N. Y., October 3, 1828. The family moved to West Troy in 1837, where he was educated in the district schools. He always had a taste for military life, and after a runaway from home, he joined Captain Stephenson's Regiment of 1st California Vols., and later Frisbie's company (Albany, N. Y.) of Colonel Butler's Dragoons of Philadelphia; the company was accepted in the regular army for the war with Mexico, but Mr. Morrison was too young to be sworn into the service. Captain Butler died soon after joining our army in Mexico, and Mr. Morrison accompanied the escort of the body to New Orleans; he then joined Gen. Narcisso De Lopez's command in an expedition against Spain in Cuba, where General De Lopez, three years later, was captured and garroted. After this he joined General Walker in Nicaraugua, Central America; this expedition was highly successful; years later General Walker was captured and shot. We next find Mr. Morrison with General Garibaldi in Italy; he was there a captain and afterwards a major on Gen. Gall's staff. When the Rebellion broke out at home he at once resigned his commission and returned to his native country. September 2, 1861, he organized the Northern Black Horse Cavalry, known as the 2nd N. Y. Vol. Cavalry; was mustered as colonel in November, 1861, and mustered out of the service in March, 1862. He then yoluntered as aid on Gen. I. N. Palmer's staff, serving in the Peninsula campaign. June 25, 1862, he was shot in the hand. September 16, 1862, he was commissioned colonel of the 26th N. J. Nine Months Inft. Vols. November 4, 1863, he was commissioned colonel of the 3d N. J. Cavalry Vols., and was honorably discharged August 23, 1864. In January. 1862, in Philadelphia, Pa., he married Almira Vaughn of West Troy, N. Y., who, from inBuries received on December 2, 1894, at her winter home in St. Augustine, Fla., by a hammock falling with her, died December 29 at her home in West Troy. Mr. Morrison is a member of Griswold Post No. 338, G. A. R., Troy; he is past commander of Willard Post, and is now in the postal service of the United States.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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