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. 3At 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.4Clay
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