Humphrey Marshall papers, 1827-1921 (bulk 1840-1872).

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Marshall, Humphrey, 1812-1872. Humphrey Marshall papers, 1827-1921 (bulk 1840-1872).

Humphrey Marshall papers, 1827-1921 (bulk 1840-1872).

The collection consists of correspondence, a journal, a copybook, legal papers, speeches, and miscellaneous items related to Marshall's political and military career. Correspondence from the antebellum period concerns Marshall's political career with the Whig Party and the Know Nothings. Included are a variety of materials related to Marshall's service in the Mexican War, particularly his involvement at the Battle of Buena Vista. A small amount of correspondence from the Civil War discusses Marshall's service in the Confederate Army and his election to the Confederate Congress. Also included is Marshall's journal covering his journey to Mexico after the fall of Richmond in April 1865. The collection also includes a copybook from the time Marshall served as United States minister to China. The copied correspondence deals with China's Taiping Rebellion and American efforts at establishing trade with China and Japan. Other items include legal papers from the antebellum era as well as numerous incomplete speeches from both before and after the Civil War. A substantial amount of correspondence from Marshall's sons regards negative depictions of Marshall in historical works and is devoted to defending Marshall's reputation after his death. The collection also contains a 29-page handwritten autobiography by Supreme Court Justice John McLean.

1.33 cubic feet.

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