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W. Gibbs McAdoo Letter

Identifier: MS-2232

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In a November 8, 1860 letter to W. S. Patton in Kingston, W. Gibbs McAdoo describes the mood in Knoxville after the announcement of Lincoln's election to the presidency. He notes that the "Brecks are badly used up here" and that "McGavock, a leading democrat at Nashville came a while ago, saying Bell had carried Tennessee." McAdoo also describes an incident on Gay Street in which someone tied a rattling old tin bucket with a slip "Going out of the Union" to a dog's tail and turned him loose.


  • 1860 November 8

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The W. Gibbs McAdoo letter, written November 8, 1860, describes the mood in Knoxville, Tenn., after Lincoln's election. He also tells of an incident in which someone tied a tin bucket and a note reading "Going out of the Union" to a dog and turned it loose on Gay Street.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Gibbs McAdoo was born on April 4th, 1820. He worked as a lawyer and professor in Knoxville, Tennessee. He married Mary Faith Floyd (1832-1913) in 1857, and the couple had at least three children, one of whom was William Gibbs McAdoo, Jr. (1863-1941), a statesman and Secretary of the Treasury. McAdoo died on August 24th, 1894 and is buried in the Knoxville National Cemetery.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Collection was donated to Special Collections.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA