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Dayton P. Clarke

Rank and Organization: Captain, Co. F, 2nd Vermont Infantry.
Place and date: Spotsylvania, VA, 12 May 1864.
Entered service at: Hermon, NY
Born: 15 Dec 1840, Dekalb, NY
Died: 10 Nov 1915, Montpelier.
Buried: Green Mount Cemetery, Montpelier, VT
Date of Issue: 30 Jul 1892.
Citation: Distinguished conduct in a desperate hand_to_hand fight while commanding the regiment.


See also Medal of Honormen - Montpelier Citizens Honored for Conspicuous Gallantry in Battle (Montpelier Watchman, February 24, 1910, in Chronicling America, Library of Congress)

NARA File Number: C-616-VS-1870.

(Gibson Collection)


Source: Bennington Banner
November 13, 1915


Captain Dayton P. Clark Succumbs
at Heaton Hospital

Montpelier, Nov. 11. - Captain Dayton Perry Clark, a resident of Montpelier for 50 years and the second veteran of the Civil War to die this week, died Wednesday evening at Heaton hospital where he was taken a week ago suffering from intestinal trouble.

Captain Clark was born in St. Lawrence County, NY, December 13, 1840, but came to Montpelier in his teens and when war broke out between North and South was one of the first to enlist in Company F, Second Vermont Regiment. He enlisted as a private but promotions came rapidly and he was mustered out in June 1864, as a captain. He was awarded a medal by an act of Congress for gallantry shown at the battle of Spotsylvania when his three superior officers were killed and he took command of the regiment.

Courtesy of Tom Boudreau