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A. S. Williams III Americana Manuscript Collections

Guide to the Albert Taylor Goodwyn Alabama secession essay and notes W.0037

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

October 2013

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English

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Collection Title:

Albert Taylor Goodwyn Alabama secession essay and notes

Unit ID:

W.0037

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.15 Linear feet

Dates:

1916

Location:

The A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama

Abstract:

Brief narrative and collection of notes related to Alabama secession written by politician Albert Taylor Goodwyn in 1916

General Physical Description note

The small volume is in poor condition with many loose pages, and the back cover is separated from the spine.

creator

Goodwyn, Albert Taylor

creator

Williams, A. S., III

Access Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Scope and Contents note

The essay and notes, comprising approximately twenty pages of handwritten text, on Alabama secession were written by Albert Taylor Goodwyn in a ledger. The ledger also includes a few brief entries documenting Goodwyn's personal accounts.

Biographical/Historical note

Albert Taylor Goodwyn was born on December 17, 1842, in Robinson Springs, Alabama. He attended South Carolina College until enlisting in the Confederate Army in 1861 as a member of the South Carolina College Cadets and fought in the Battle of Fort Sumter. In May 1862, Goodwyn enlisted in the 45th Alabama Infantry Regiment, where he was appointed first sergeant and served until he was discharged in July 1862 because of illness. After recovering, he rejoined the army, was promoted to lieutenant, and was transferred to the 58th Alabama Regiment in July 1863. In November 1863, Goodwyn was captured at the Battle of Missionary Ridge; he was imprisoned until 1865, when he was released after taking an oath of loyalty.

After the war, Goodwyn began his political career in Alabama. Between 1874 and 1880, he served as the state inspector of convicts. In 1886 and 1887, he was elected to serve in the state House of Representatives, and between 1892 and 1896, he served as a state senator. Running successfully as a Populist candidate, Goodwyn was elected to serve as a member of the United States Congress, where he served between April 1896 and March 1897. After an unsuccessful reelection campaign, Goodwyn returned to Robinson Springs to farm.

He was an active member of the United Confederate Veterans and was elected to serve as the organization's commander in chief in 1928. He died on July 2, 1931.

Sources: U.S. Confederate Pension Application, Ancestry; Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

Related Archival Materials note

Address of General A.T. Goodwyn of United Confederate Veterans at their 39th Reunion 1929, PAM 1230, Civil War Pamphlets of the A. S. Williams II Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

General note

Title on phase box spine: The Secession of Alabama - A. T. Goodwyn - Manuscript

Processing Information:

Processed by

Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Albert Taylor Goodwyn Alabama secession essay and notes, The A. S. WIlliams III Americana Collection, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Source(s)

Williams, A. S., III (local)

Alabama (lcsh)

Alabama--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 (lcsh)

Civil War (localbroad)

Government, Law and Politics (localbroad)

Secession (lcsh)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives (lcsh)

Ledger Box W0037.01