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William Cassius Goodloe Civil War scrapbooks
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
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[Identification of item],William Cassius Goodloe Civil War scrapbooks, 1860-1865, 1M66M39, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
In 1861, Goodloe served as private secretary to his uncle, Cassius M. Clay, who was U.S. Ambassador to Russia during much of the 1860's. He was later commissioned an officer in the Union Army.
These are two scrapbooks kept during the Civil War by William Cassius Goodloe. Clippings include messages sent to Congress by Presidents James Buchanan and Abraham Lincoln just before war broke out, and messages and addresses delivered by Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Most of the Civil War clippings relate to political, rather than military, events, but the scrapbooks do include newspaper accounts of the battles of Manassas (First) and Antietam. The second volume contains clippings from British newspapers, which illustrate the diplomatic side of the war. Some articles relate to Russia and Cassius Clay's service there. Important European events of the period are also represented in the scrapbooks, including the liberation of serfs in Russia and the death of Albert, the British Prince Consort. There are also clippings about the assassination and funeral of Abraham Lincoln, and about the 1863 Kentucky gubernatorial race.