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Clark, Martin Lester


Age: 16, credited to Swanton, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF, 13th VT INF
Service: enl 9/11/62, m/i10/10/62, Pvt, Co. A, 11th VT INF, tr to Co. K 3/15/63, dis/dsb 4/3/63; enl 11/13/63, m/i 11/13/63, Pvt, Co. K 13th VT INF, pow, Weldon Railroad, 6/23/64, Andersonville, d/prison 8/31/64 (diarrhea)

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Birth: 02/08/1848, Swanton, VT
Death: 08/31/1864

Burial: Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, GA
Marker/Plot: H/7345
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 20486926

Cenotaph: Church Street Cemetery, Swanton, VT
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Carolyn Adams
Findagrave Memorial #: 20486926


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: 13th Vt. History off-site

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Andersonville National Cemetery, GA

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Cenotaph in Church Street Cemetery, Swanton, VT

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MARTIN L. CLARK volunteered from Highgate, Vt., August 25th, 1862, at the age of 18, as he called himself, but in fact, was only about 16. He was born in Keeseville, N. Y., was rather slim in build, but of fair height, five feet seven. He was a mere child In appearance and unfit for a soldier, but Captain Clark afterwards Major Clark was his foster father and that had much to do about his going and passing the test of medical examinations. He was on duty most of the time at Major Clark's tent and seldom took much interest in becoming acquainted with drill to be of service as a soldier. He was of a feeble constitution and was on the sick list considerable of the time, and soon aftter Major Clark's resignation Martin was discharged for disability and returned home. We of Company K did not know very much about him. He was transferred from Company K to A at Brattleboro and remained a member of A until March, 1863, and was then transferred back to Company K, and in a few days after, April 5th, was discharged on account of disability. He again enlisted November 13th] 1863 into Company F, Eleventh Regiment Vermont Volunteers, was taken prisoner June 23rd, 1864, and died in Andersonville prison, August 31st, 1864, and was there buried among the thousands of others who from starvation and disease died in this horrible prison pen.

I am not aware that any headstone marks the grave where he was buried but in the family lot at Swanton village in the Church street cemetery there is a family monument on which an inscription is written of his service and to his memory.

Source: Sturtevant, p. 718