The Carl Braun Collection
Letter from Thomas C. Barker, Acting Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Army, to Captain James M. Ayer, Company B, 15th Regiment, Vermont Volunteers regarding the death of Private Cyrus B. Clarke of that unit.
King St. Hospital Alexandria, Va. March 3rd, /63 Sir In answer to your communication of March 1st I have the honor to state that in a letter from the father of Cyrus B. Clarke that he made the following remark viz. "As it regards his things I should like to have some of them to look at, but his mother does not wish to see anything connected with the war." I acted accordingly, and did not send his uniform, wich is still in my possession subject to his fathers order. Most Respectfully Your Obt. Servt. Thomas C. Barker, Act. Asst. Surgeon U.S.Army in charge
Cyrus B. Clarke was from Danville, Vt, and enlisted in Company B of the 15th Vermont Regiment of Volunteers, a 9-month unit, on September 8, 1862. He was mustered into service on October 22, 1862, and died of disease on December 21, 1862, just one week before his unit saw its first combat in the repulse of Stuart's raid at Fairfax Courthouse, Va. Clarke was buried in the National Cemetery at Alexandria, Va.
It is interesting to note that this letter regarding the disposition of Clarke's effects was written 2 ½ months after his death!
Source: Transcript of an original manuscript from the collection of Carl Braun, Windsor, Vt.
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