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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

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Index Terms

Administrative Information

University of Texas Arlington

Clough Family Papers:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Clough Family
Title: Clough Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1823-1860
Abstract: Jeremiah Morrill Clough, a native of New Hampshire, settled in Marshall, Texas, to practice law in 1845. 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 Legilature. During the Civil War, Clough enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army, rising to Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Texas Infantry. Clough was killed in action at Fort Donelson, Tennesee, on February 15, 1862. The collection is comprised of correspondence, daugerretypes and documents that relate to the Clough family, primarily Jeremiah Morrill Clough. The core of the collection is five letters written by Jeremiah Clough to his father, Joseph Clough of Canterbury, New Hampshire, between 1846 and 1860. They offer Clough’s reflections on the Mexican War battles Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma, and Monterey, recount attempts in 1847 to attract him back to Army service, his 1849 journey to Austin to assume duties as a Texas legislator, and fears for the future of the Union and the impending presidential election in 1860. Two daguerreotypes of Clough and his bride, Louisa Van Zandt, are thought to have been taken at the time of their wedding in 1850.
Identification: GA51
Extent: 3 folders (0.10 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

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.

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Scope and Contents

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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Organization

The correspondence and documents are arranged chronologically; the daguerreotypes are stored in Photo Drawer 14.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Clough, Jeremiah M.--d. 1862.
Clough, Jeremiah M.--d. 1862--Archives.
Clough, Jeremiah M.--d. 1862--Pictorial works.
Clough, Joseph.
Clough, Joseph--Archives.
Clough, Louisa Van Zandt--Pictorial works.
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives, American.
Places
Marshall (Tex.)--History
Formats
Daguerreotypes.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift/purchase of Michael Vinson, 2009.

Citation

Clough Family Papers, 1823-1860, GA51, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, 2009.

Accessioned as number 2009-44.

Processing Information

The finding aid was prepared by Brenda S. McClurkin on August 23, 2011.

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