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Civil War, Family Struggles

Lindsey Apple

in The Family Legacy of Henry Clay

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134109
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135908 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134109.003.0007
Civil War, Family Struggles

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For the Clay family, the Civil War was truly a brothers' war. Serving with distinction on both sides Clays of three generations died as a result of war, but Clay susceptibility to disease proved more costly than battle wounds. The fear of brother facing brother across battle lines, the separation and death of family members, and poverty both real and perceived reinforced the Clay sense of tragedy and the legacy of the patriarch: Family was more important than politics. The divisions of war were laid aside, but the acts of heroism, honor, and sacrifice from family members of both political persuasions added new chapters to a growing family saga.

Keywords: Civil War; brothers; disease; separation; death; poverty; sense of tragedy; family; heroism; sacrifice; family saga

Chapter.  6774 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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