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G.B. Clark

G.B. Clark

Federal (USV)


George Buchanan Clark

(1842 - 1887)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Minnesota Infantry

Before Antietam

A 23 year old farmer in Eagle Creek, MN, he mustered as Private, Company A, First Minnesota Infantry on 27 May 1861 at Fort Snelling.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was exchanged in December 1862 and rejoined his Company. He was wounded in the left hip at Bristoe Station, VA on 14 October 1863. He was hospitalized at Grosvenor Hospital, Alexandria, VA into December, then furloughed home. He mustered out in May 1864.

He reenlisted when the First Battalion was formed and was promoted Corporal. He was captured in action near Petersburg, VA in June 1864 and was held at Andersonville, GA where his health was "broken" and he lost his teeth due to scurvy. In about December he was transferred to Florence, SC and he was paroled there on 27 February 1865. He was in hospitals in Annapolis and Baltimore, MD, returned to his Company in April, and was promoted to Sergeant. He was appointed First Sergeant on 2 June 1865 and was discharged 14 July 1865 at Jeffersonville, IN.

After the War

He returned to Eagle Creek but was not strong enough to farm. He tried mining in Montana briefly, then was in California for a few years, each time returning to his parents' farm. In 1878 he went to Murray County, MN and farmed there "with some success". By 1886, though, he was doing poorly and entered the Milwaukee [WI] Soldier's Home where he died on 16 March 1887.

References & notes

Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars.1 Details from Barden & Jorgenson.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture from a photograph from Wayne Jorgenson on 1st Minnesota Infantry.


1842; Beaver County, PA


03/16/1887; Milwaukee, WI; burial in Valley Cemetery, Shakopee, MN


1   State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pg. 50  [AotW citation 20282]

2   Barden, Chuck, and Wayne D. Jorgenson, The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment , Published 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /#/soldier/15  [AotW citation 20283]