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Col Ezekiel Field Clay

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Col Ezekiel Field Clay

  • Birth 1 Dec 1840 Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 26 Jul 1920 Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 7493329

Civil War Confederate Army Officer, Racehorse Breeder. After the start if the Civil War he enlisted in the Confederate Army, and was mustered in as a Private in the 1st Battalion Kentucky (CSA) Mounted Rifles in 1861. On November 29, 1862 he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the newly formed 3rd Battalion Kentucky Mounted Rifles, and commanded that unit until April 13, 1864 when he was wounded and captured in a skirmish at Paintsville, Kentucky. Losing an eye as a result of the wound, he remained a prisoner at Johnson's Island, Ohio until January 1865. Following the Civil War he was a bank president and breeder of thoroughbred horses. His horses won the Kentucky Derby twice, "Ben Brush" in 1896 and "Agile" in 1905. He served as president of the Kentucky Racing Association and chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission. Colonel Clay was a nephew of abolitionist Cassius M. Clay.

Bio by: Steve Dunn


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  • Originally Created by: Steve Dunn
  • Added: 25 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7493329
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Ezekiel Field Clay (1 Dec 1840–26 Jul 1920), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7493329, citing Paris Cemetery, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .