Continental Morgan Guard called to duty

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Posted: November 18, 2013

Special to The Winchester Star

A statue of Gen. Daniel Morgan stands beside the Old Stone Presbyterian Church on East Piccadilly Street in Winchester. Morgan was first buried on the church property. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)
This photograph of the Continental Morgan Guard was made in 1860.
George Washington Kurtz wears his Continental Morgan Guard uniform at a parade in downtown Winchester (probably in 1919).
Kurtz’s Continental Morgan Guard uniform is on display at Stonewall Jackson’s Headquarters Museum on Braddock Street in Winchester.
Capt. Lewis Barley, who commanded the Continental Morgan Guard for a time before the Civil War, was the conductor on a train that brought the Morgan Guard to Harpers Ferry in response to John Brown’s raid in October 1859.
Capt. John Avis, the first wartime commander of the Continental Morgan Guard, was the jailer for John Brown’s trial and execution.

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