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Amnesty Petition for Alfred Layne

 Collection
Identifier: MM.2020.004
Scope and Contents

Handwritten petition addressed to “His Excellency Abraham Lincoln President of the United States” dated April 7, 1865 requesting the release of Confederate prisoner Alfred Layne (Company B 20th Tennessee) and signed by John B. Layne, T. H. Roberts, John Hugh Smith (Mayor of Nashville), W. G. Brownlow (Governor of Tennessee), and others.

Dates: 1865

E.E. Patton Collection.

 Collection
Identifier: MSC 0129
Scope and Contents Collection contains the writings of E. E. Patton, speeches, personal papers, newspaper articles, and other publications. Writings include the subjects Knoxville and Knox County, Tenn. Collection also includes material of his wife, Lula Smith Patton; photographs; Sawyer genealogy; Patton family manuscripts; correspondence; Civil War manuscripts; autographs; diary of E. E. Patton re: Tennessee state legislature; William G. Brownlow correspondence, 1840-1874; Col. John B. Brownlow...
Dates: 1840-1961

Howard-Smith Collection (Papers of the Smith (Howard-Smith), Gaines, McKinney and allied families of Hawkins County, Tenn. 1800-1923.) (Gift of Mrs. F.A. Augsbury, Jr.).

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Identifier: MSC 0712
Scope and Contents The Howard - Smith Collection includes manuscript letters and documents dating from 1800 to 1923 which were collected by Lida and Elise Howard-Smith. Included are letters of the Charles J. McKinney family (Hawkins County, Tenn.); James Gaines (Sullivan County, Tenn.) and Edmund P. Gaines (a military officer whose correspondence covers the War of 1812 and later conflicts); James T. Gaines (Hawkins County, Tenn.) and his correspondence with Governor Joseph McMinn; Eleanor Spurrier Rand;...
Dates: 1800-1923

T. A. R. (Thomas Amis Rogers) Nelson Papers.

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Identifier: MSC 0002
Scope and Contents Papers of Thomas Amis Rogers Nelson (1812-1873), a lawyer, judge, congressman, and defense counsel for President Andrew Johnson in his impeachment trial of 1868. Nelson began law practice in Washington County, Tenn, in 1832, served two terms as attorney general of the 1st judicial circuit, and was presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1844 and 1848. Strong Unionist, elected to the 36th Congress in 1859 and 1861; was captured by Confederate forces and imprisoned in Richmond, Va.. He...
Dates: 1782-1873

William Rule Papers.

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Identifier: MSC 0008
Scope and Contents Papers of William Rule(1839-1928), a newspaper editor, mayor of Knoxville (1873, 1898), and postmaster (1873, 1877) in Knoxville, Tenn. Born in Knox County, Tenn. Married Lucy Anne Maxey in 1858. Worked with William G. Brownlow on Knoxville Whig. Served in Sixth Tennessee Volunteer Regiment, Union Army, 1862-1865. Published Republican newspaper, the Knoxville Chronicle. Founded the Knoxville Journal in 1885, which merged with the Tribune in 1888 to become the Journal and Tribune. Rule was...
Dates: 1860-1927