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On Sunday evening December 14, 1862, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on of the most important social occasions of the Civil War took place at the home of the former U.S. Congressman Charles Ready. His daughter Mattie married the renowned Confederate General John Hunt Morgan. The ready home was decorated with holly and winter berries and ablaze with lamps and candle lights. Outside in the streets thousands of soldiers assembled by lighted bonfires, celebrating the wedding of General Morgan and his bride.

The wedding ceremony was performed by Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk, an Episcopal Bishop. Shown in attendance, starting from the left in the picture: Major General Benjamin Cheatham, Alice Ready (the bride’s sister), Martha Ready (the bride’s mother), Charles Ready (the bride’s father), Mattie Ready, Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan, Colonel Basil Duke, General Polk, Lieutenant General William J Hardee, Mary Breckinridge, wife of Major General John C. Breckinridge, General Breckinridge, and Brigadier General Roger W. Hanson (Commander of The Orphan Brigade).

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