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W. G. McAdoo Diary

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0093

In this diary, W. G. McAdoo describes his service in the Mexican War, including his company's participation in the invasion of Mexico's eastern coast, the Mexican landscape, his encounters with the local population, troop movements, and the Battle of Vera Cruz (March 1847). This manuscript is a bound typescript of the original document.

Dates

  • 1846 October 18-1847 May 11

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Abstract

In this diary, W. G. McAdoo describes his service in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), including his company's participation in the invasion of Mexico's eastern coast, the Mexican landscape, his encounters with the local population, troop movements, and the Battle of Vera Cruz (March 1847). This manuscript is a bound typescript of the original document.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Gibbs McAdoo was born to John and Mary Ann (Gibbs) McAdoo on 4 April 1820. He graduated from East Tennessee University in 1845 and served in the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1845 to 1847. During the Mexican-American War (1846-1848), he served as a Lieutenant and as a Captain in the U. S. Army. When the war ended, he studied law and opened his own practice in Knoxville. He moved to Georgia during the Civil War and fought with the Confederate Army from 1863 to 1865. He returned to his legal career after the war ended, this time practicing in Midgeville, Georgia. He began teaching at the University of Tennessee in 1877 and later wrote Elementary Geology of Tennessee. HWilliam Gibbs McAdoo died on August 24th, 1894, and is buried in the Knoxville National Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.

McAdoo married Anna Cleopatra Horsley on June 22nd, 1848. William and Anna had two children, Mary Catherine McAdoo Wiley (1849-1926) and Emma. William married for the second time in 1857 to Mary Faith Floyd (1832-1913), and the two had eight children: John Floyd, William Gibbs Jr., Malcolm Ross, Carolina Blackshear, Rosalee, Floyd, Nana Howard, and Laura Sterett Gagey (1870-1911). His namesake, William Gibbs McAdoo, Jr., went on to serve as a U.S. Senator from California between 1933 and 1937.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Brice McAdoo Clagett donated this typescript to Special Collections in June of 1950.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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