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Federal (USA)

Private

Rufus W. Clark

(c. 1840 - 1864)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: 2nd United States Sharpshooters

Before Antietam

Age 21, from Ingham County, MI, he enlisted in Detroit in Company B, 2nd United States Sharpshooters on 25 September 1861, and mustered on 4 October.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was captured in action at Brandy Station, VA on 18 November 1863. Sent to Andersonville Prison, GA, he died there of diarrhea on 9 October 1864.

References & notes

Casualty information from Nelson1. Service from the Michigan Adjutant General.2 Detail from Atwater's List.3 He's listed in Durant's History of Ingham and Eaton Counties, Michigan (1880) as a member of Company H, 5th Michigan Infantry, but not found there in the State Adjutant General's records.

Birth

c. 1840

Death

10/09/1864 Andersonville, GA; burial in Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, GA

Notes

1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 162  [AotW citation 17485]

2   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 44, pg. 109  [AotW citation 17502]

3   Atwater, Dorence, and Clara Barton, A List of the Union Soldiers Buried at Andersonville, New York City: The Tribune Association, 1866, pg. 70  [AotW citation 17503]