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Albert Taylor Goodwyn Alabama secession essay and notes

Identifier: W-0037

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1916


Physical Description

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

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Biographical / Historical

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


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

Physical Location

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


Gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010

Related Materials

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.

Physical Description

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


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

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Haley Aaron and Martha Bace, 2013



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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266