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The Family Legacy of Henry ClayIn the Shadow of a Kentucky Patriarch$
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Lindsey Apple

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813134109

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813134109.001.0001

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Civil War, Family Struggles

Civil War, Family Struggles

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(p.108) Chapter 6 Civil War, Family Struggles
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The Family Legacy of Henry Clay
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Lindsey Apple

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813134109.003.0007

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

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