The man who would have burned New York City

He was one of Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s stalwarts who stood 6-feet-tall with steely blue eyes and mustache and goatee.

Martin, in his mid-20s, was a little stooped from a chest wound he had acquired during a narrow escape in McMinnville, Tenn., but the brave leader of men had survived Morgan’s controversial death, which followed a final, ill-fated raid into Kentucky.

Morgan was shot to death in Greeneville, Tenn. in circumstances still debated today. While his brother-in-law Basil Duke was appointed to fill his place, many of his men were left bitter and ready for retribution.

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