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Collection Number: 01556-z

Collection Title: Trusten Polk Papers, 1861-1865; 1889

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Size 7 items
Abstract Trusten Polk was a lawyer of St. Louis, Mo.; governor of Missouri, 1857; United States senator from Missouri, 1857-1862; colonel, Confederate States of America; and a military judge, 1864-1865. The collection contains Polk's diary, January-October 1865, recounting his service as a Confederate colonel and judge of military courts in Arkansas, and his postwar journey to Texas, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, and New York; a printed speech by Polk, 1861, when he was a United States senator from Missouri; a letter, 12 February 1889, from Thomas L. Snead to Mrs. Trusten Polk relating an incident from Polk's life during the war; and other items.
Creator Polk, Trusten, 1811-1876.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Trusten Polk Papers, #1556-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Trusten Polk was a lawyer of St. Louis, Mo.; governor of Missouri, 1857; United States senator from Missouri, 1857-1862; colonel, Confederate States of America; and a military judge, 1864-1865. Polk resigned as governor after being elected to the Senate, and he was expelled from the Senate in 1862 for his support of the Confederacy.

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The collection contains Polk's diary, January-October 1865, recounting his service as a Confederate colonel and judge of military courts in Arkansas, and his postwar journey to Texas, Mexico, Cuba, Canada, and New York; a printed speech by Polk, 1861, when he was a United States senator from Missouri; a letter, 12 February 1889, from Thomas L. Snead to Mrs. Trusten Polk relating an incident from Polk's life during the war; and other items.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2010

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