Morgan, Daniel (1736–1802), a United States frontiersman and army officer. Early in the Revolutionary War Morgan commanded a company of Virginia riflemen for the patriots. Armed with the Kentucky rifle, these rugged, sharpshooting frontiersmen were the finest light infantry of the war. Later, in command of a larger force, Morgan crushingly defeated the British at the Battle of Cowpens (1781).
Morgan was probably born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. In 1753 he moved to the backwoods area of Virginia that is now West Virginia. He served with the militia in the French and Indian War and in later struggles with the Indians.
After joining the Continental Army in 1775, Morgan took part in Benedict Arnold's attack on Quebec. He was captured, but was released in late 1776. In the Saratoga campaign (1777) Morgan and his riflemen fought in the battles of Freeman's Farm and Bemis Heights.
Morgan was made a brigadier general in 1780. Soon after his victory at Cowpens he retired to his estate near Winchester, Virginia. In 1794 he commanded the Virginia militia in suppressing the Whiskey Rebellion. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Federalist, 1797–99.