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G.J. Clarke

G.J. Clarke

Federal (USV)


George J. Clarke

(c. 1838 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: Signal Detachment, Army of the Potomac

Before Antietam

Age 23, he enrolled on 29 April 1861 and was mustered as 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, 62nd New York Infantry on 30 June. He was promoted to First Lieutenant of Company H on 16 July 1862.

On the Campaign

From Catoctin Mountain he was sent to General Pleasonton with the cavalry at Poolesville, MD on 9 September, and continued with him beyond Frederick on the 13th. On the 15th he was on the crest of South Mountain and by the end of the day on the 15th at Keedysville with Captain Fisher. He was on the battlefield of Antietam on 17 September 1862, and was pushed from his signal station by active combat at least once. On the 20th he was at Downsille, MD.

The rest of the War

He was appointed First Lieutenant, Signal Corps, USA on 3 March 1863. He was honored by brevets to Captain, USA on 5 December 1864 for meritorious service and mustered out on 12 August 1865.

After the War

He applied for an invalid veteran's pension in May 1873.

References & notes

His basic service from the State of New York,1 as George J. Clark, and Heitman,2 with details from Brown,3 source also of his picture. Maryland Campaign events from Captain B.F. Fisher's Report, as Lieutenant Clark.

More on the Web

He's also seen in a group photograph with other signal officers at Army HQ in Warrenton, VA in October 1863, over on the blog.


c. 1838 in IRELAND


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 26, pg. 1137  [AotW citation 28699]

2   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 306  [AotW citation 28700]