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Tacitus T. Clay

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Army of Northern Virginia

Employment History

  • Mayor
  • Captain
Web References
War Letters of Tacitus Clay, 7 Jan 2007 [cached]
The War Letters of Captain Tacitus T. Clay, C.S.A.
Captain Tacitus T. Clay (Co. I, 5th Tx), Independence Texas
Footnotes by Col.
Tacitus Thomas Clay was born in 1824,1 the son of Nestor Clay, pioneer settler and Indian fighter of Austin's Colony.
Upon reaching manhood, Tacitus T. Clay assumed administration of his father's plantation and also invested in a mercantile establishment in the town of Independence.On June 1, l854, he married Bettie Seward, daughter of another; Washington County pioneer. 3
At the outbreak of the War Between the States, Tacitus T. Clay was serving as the Mayor of Independence; one of his last official acts in this capacity was to chop down the 'liberty pole" bearing the Stars and Stripes which had been raised in the town square.4
Clay was a close personal friend of Jerome B. Robertson,5 who later rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the Confederate Army.
Following are letters written by Captain Clay to his wife Bettie during his service with the Army of Northern Virginia.
Welcome, 14 Oct 2006 [cached]
This early Texas home belonged to Capt. Tacitus T. Clay who was the Mayor of Independence and a prominent businessman.
Reservations, 14 Oct 2006 [cached]
Captain Tacitus Thomas Clay
Large margins to just touched at ..., 10 April 2006 [cached]
Large margins to just touched at lower left, tied by manuscript "Drews Corner Texas 9 Aug 1862" postmark and "Due 5" on brown cover to Mrs. Bettie Clay in Independence Tex. from Capt. Tacitus T. Clay, a member of the the 5th Texas Regiment in the Army of Northern Virginia, his endorsement "Kindness of Captain DeWalt, 1st Texas Regiment", carried by Capt. DeWalt across the Mississippi and put into the mails at Drew's Corner, a bit age toned, Fine, this is a rare example of mail carried by Confederate soldiers returning to Texas as a courtesy to fellow troops, this was probably stamped at origin for the prevailing 5c rate but was not posted until weeks later after the new all-inclusive 10c rate took effect, illustrated in Special Routes (p. 115), ex MacBride (Image Magnifier)
Clay Biography, 7 Jan 2007 [cached]
Capt. Tacitus T. Clay
Acting Commander of the Fifth Texas Infantry Regiment
Captain Clay was wounded at Gains' Mill June 27, 1862.He was detailed to recruiting duty to Texas in the spring of 1863.He served as acting Lieut.Col. Of the Fifth Texas at various times during 1863 and 1864.At the wilderness he was wounded in the hand May 6, 1863.
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