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Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Amory Clark, U.S.V.
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Amory Clark, U.S.V.
Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Amory Clark, now of Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, is of old-time Puritan and New England lineage. He was born in
Sangerville, Maine, in 1841. His father was an able lawyer, and his
grandfather a minister of the gospel.
He is of the same family as was that Rev. Jonas Clark, of Lexington, who
was the intimate and trusted personal friend of Samuel Adams and John
Hancock. They were both under his roof when warned by Paul Revere of the
troops sent out by Gage to capture them. The men who fell at Lexington
were the parishioners of this sturdy clerical patriot, and standing over
their dead bodies he exclaimed, " From this day dates the liberty of the
This stock had not degenerated in 1861. Colonel Clark enlisted April 24,
the first man from his county to be enrolled. He was one of four brothers,
all of whom served as officers in the volunteer forces from 1861 to 1865.
All were severely wounded, and one died from his wounds. An uncle, Major
Atherton W. Clark, served gallantly in the Twentieth Maine. Two cousins
were killed, both officers of the Sixteenth Maine. Colonel Clark went to
the front as a private in Company A, Sixth Maine Volunteers. He earned his
first commission, that of second lieutenant, in February, 1862. He was
promoted to first lieutenant and adjutant at Harrison's Landing after the
" Seven Days' battles," in which he participated.
The Sixth Maine was a gallant regiment, and served under distinguished
brigade commanders,-Generals " Baldy" Smith, Hancock, and D. A. Russell.
With his regiment, Lieutenant Clark was at Warwick Swamp, Lee's Mills, and
in Hancock's superb charge at Williamsburg. He was in front of Richmond,
at Garnett's Farm, Savage's Station, White Oak Swamp, and Malvern Hill.
||When the tide of battle swept
North, he was at second Bull Run, Crampton's Gap, Antietam,
Fredericksburg, under Burnside, and again under Sedgwick in May,
1863, at the time of Hooker's Chancellorsville campaign.
his regiment he was at the front in the famous charge of the Light
Division, through the " slaughter pen," over the old stone wall, and
up Marye's Heights into the fortifications of the enemy. The
official report records that he was in the first group to enter the
works. There he captured from a Confederate officer of the
Washington Artillery the saber which he afterwards wore in many
engagements. Two days later, in a night fight while Sedgwick was
recrossing the Rappahannock, the same report credits him with saving
his regiment from capture by his personal intrepidity and decisive
action, when every avenue of escape seemed cut off.
He was at Brandy Station and at the bloody field of Gettysburg. At
Rappahannock Station, November 7, 1863, he had his horse shot under him on
the skirmish-line, and when at dusk the Sixth Maine made its ever
memorable and bloody charge, he fell inside the captured fortifications,
one of the sixteen officers out of twenty-one engaged, who were killed or
wounded, in an unparalleled feat at arms. The official report bears
witness that "he did not fall until he had driven his sword into the body
of his adversary." His wounds were severe, and the following February he
was, against his will, honorably discharged on account of them.
In April, 1864, he re-entered the service as captain and assistant
adjutant-general of volunteers. He was assigned to the brigade of General
Burnham in the Eighteenth Corps. He served at Bermuda Hundred, at Fort
Darling, at Cold Harbor, at the capture of the enemy's fortifications at
Petersburg, June 15, 1864, and was at Burnside's Mine, and in the
movements around Petersburg that summer. On September 29, with
Burnham's-brigade, he was in the brilliant assault at Fort Harrison, where
the works and many guns were captured. General Burnham was killed. Every
field officer in the brigade was killed or wounded.
On the recommendation of General Hancock, Captain Clark was brevetted
major for Marye's Heights and lieutenant-colonel for Rappahannock Station.
He resigned in November, 1864, with health seriously impaired by wounds,
exposure, and disease. He stands at the head of his profession in Iowa,
having a large and remunerative practice throughout that State and
extending into several adjoining States.
Colonel Clark has steadily refused to abandon his profession for politics,
and, while his voice is heard from the stump in every active campaign, he
speaks as an advocate of what he regards as wholesome political
principles, and not as an aspirant for political honors.
Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who
served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419
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