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Confederate (CSV)


Samuel Crawford Cleek

(1825 - 1903)

Home State: Virginia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 37th Virginia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He went to California looking for gold in 1849 then returned to Virginia. He enlisted and mustered as Private, Company D, 37th Virginia Infantry on 3 March 1862 in Estillville, VA.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was admitted to Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, VA on 27 September and sent to Danville, VA on 3 November. He returned to duty on 10 November 1862.

After the War

He married in Virginia in 1877 then went to Orland in the Sacramento Valley of California. Beginning in poverty, he built a successful one-acre farm there that became something of a wonder for the density and variety of its products.

References & notes

His service from Rankin1 via the Historical Data Systems database. Details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Elizabeth Gillett (1834-1917) in 1877.

More on the Web

See more about his tiny farm in a sketch called A Farmer's Legacy in the Irrigation Age of November 1904 or in The Smallest Complete Farm in the World from Popular Mechanics of October 1905.


05/25/1825; Bath County, VA


11/30/1903; Glenn County, CA; burial in Orland IOOF Cemetery, Orland, CA


1   Rankin, Thomas M., 37th Virginia Infantry, Lynchburg: H.E. Howard, Inc., 1987  [AotW citation 21760]