Preston Morton enrolled in the 17th Infantry on September 6, 1861, amongst the first to do so. He was mustered in on January 3, 1862 at Calhoun for a three years term in Company A. He died at Shiloh. The AG report says it was on April 8th, the tombstone says April 6th. There are no other comments in the AG Report.
Captain Preston Morton was mortally wounded while gallantly leading his Company during the first days fight at the Battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862. He is buried in the Morton Family Cemetery in his hometown of Hartford, Ohio County. Morton's grave monument was erected by fellow soldiers of the local GAR Post in Hartford. The Gar Post was also named after Preston Morton.[Barry Goodall]
Photo by Barry Goodall with touchup by Mark Carroll