Clough Family Papers:
Jeremiah Morrill Clough, a native of New Hampshire, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1844 and settled in Marshall, Texas, in 1845 where he established a law practice. During the Mexican War, Clough was a 1st Lieutenant in the Mounted Volunteers, and was promoted to major for gallantry at Monterey. He resumed his law practice in Marshall following the Mexican War and later served three sessions in the Texas State Legislature. Clough married Louisa Van Zandt in 1850. During the Civil War, Clough enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army, rising to Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Texas Infantry (later Gregg’s Brigade). Clough was killed in action at Fort Donelson, Tennessee, on February 15, 1862.
The collection is comprised of correspondence, daugerretypes and documents that relate to the Clough family, primarily Jeremiah Morrill Clough of Marshall, Texas. Of the nine letters, five were written by Jeremiah Clough to his father, Joseph Clough of Canterbury, New Hampshire, and three written to Jeremiah Clough between 1842 and 1846 by family and friends. Letters written to his father in 1846 to 1847 offer Clough’s reflections on the Mexican War battles Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Monterey; and recount attempts in 1847 to attract him back to Army service. An 1849 letter reported his journey to Austin to assume duties as a Texas legislator while the 1860 letter contains fears for the future of the Union and the impending presidential election. The three letters written to him from family and friends pertain to his law studies, and the success of establishing his law practice upon arriving in Texas. An additional letter written in February 1850 by Joseph Clough to another son, Stephen, discusses Jeremiah's service in the Texas legislature and impending marriage to Louisa Van Zandt. Two pristine daguerreotypes of Jeremiah Clough and his bride are thought to have been taken at the time of their wedding in 1850. They are signed by the daguerreotypist Davis and are housed back-to-back in a blue velvet case. Two additional documents bear the signature of Joseph Clough, Jr. in Merrimack County, New Hampshire: an 1823 settlement proposal for the estate of Obadiah Clough and an 1850 affidavit affirming the War of 1812 service of David Rendall.
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Clough Family Papers, 1823-1860, GA51, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.
Accessioned as number 2009-44.
The finding aid was prepared by Brenda S. McClurkin on August 23, 2011.