Union army, and, capturing the operator, would place their own man at the telegraph key. In this way they gained much valuable and entirely authentic information, which, as soon as known, was rushed away to the headquarters of the army.
At other times, Morgan
's operator would “cut in” on the Federal
telegraph lines at some distant point, and seated on the ground by his instrument, would read the Union
messages for many hours at a time.
This service to the Confederate
leaders was of inestimable value, and created a feeling among the Union
signal-men that even cipher messages were not entirely safe from Morgan
was promoted from grade to grade, and the size of his command increased accordingly, he became more and more of an annoyance and even a terror to the North
His troopers were no longer mere rangers, but developed into more or less trained cavalry.
Yet even then, his command showed a partiality for sudden and highly successful attacks upon Union outposts and wagon trains.
The death of Morgan
occurred near Greeneville, Tennessee
, on September 4, 1864, when, being surrounded, he was shot down in a dash for life.
Colonel John S. Mosby
, with his raiding detachments of varying size, was probably the best known and the most anxiously sought by the Union
forces of any of the partisan leaders.
's absolute fearlessness, his ingenious methods of operating, as well as his innate love of danger and excitement, all combined to make his sudden descents upon the Federal
lines of communication spectacular in the extreme.
His almost uniform success and the spirit of romance which surrounded his exploits, drew thousands of recruits to his leadership, and had he desired, he could have commanded a hundred men for every one who usually accompanied him on his forays.
But he continued throughout the war using small detachments of from twenty to eighty men, and much of his success was probably due to this fact, which permitted sudden appearances and disappearances.
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