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Clark, Dewitt Clinton
Age: 18, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 108th IL INF, 47th IL INF
Service: Pvt, C, 108th IL INF; Pvt, A, 47th IL INF
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Birth: 09/09/1849, Bennington, VT
Burial: Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, IL
Marker/Plot: South Bluffs Section
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 70676308
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Springdale Cemetery, Peoria, IL
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Dewitt Clinton Clark (1842-1863)
6th Iowa Cavalry
The 6th Iowa Cavalry Regiment was organized at Davenport between January 31st and March 5th, 1863. The majority of its service was in the Dakota Territory, Missouri and Idaho, predominantly under General Alfred Sully (1821-1879), commanding the District of Dakota, against Indian uprisings in the area. Among the casualties of the regiment was one Clinton Clark, who enlisted and mustered in as a private on 4 December 1862 in Company L. Unfortunately he never saw active service with the regiment; he died of measles in Davenport on January 2d, 1863.
In 1894, Sergeant J. H. Drips, Company L, wrote his memoirs, "Three Years Among the Indians in Dakota," his personal experiences in "the campaigns under General Sully, 1863-1865, on the Missouri, in the Dakotas and in Idaho." In his memoir, he noted the following: "Clinton Clark a young man from Vermont visiting relatives in Clayton County, Iowa and enlisted, went to Davenport, caught the measles, took cold and died. What a soldier he would have made had he lived to manhood, but he was cut down in his prime before showing to the world the possibilities of life".
This hapless young soldier was Dewitt Clinton Clark, who usually went by his middle name. He was born July 24, 1842 at North Hero, Vermont, the first child of Ransom L. Clark (1821-1902) and Sarah Hyde (1821-1911). Sarah and Ransom had eight children, all born in a log cabin on the east side of the highway. The year Clinton was born, Ransom and Sarah had rented a small parcel of land and a log house upon the bank of the lake shore from his grandfather, Jedediah Perkins Ladd (1767-1845). This log house was located on a narrow strip of land south of the steamer dock.
D. Clinton Clark is buried in the Clark family plot at Hyde Cemetary in North Hero, Vermont.
Most of the information above is courtesy of Mrs. Dorice Clark, wife of Charles Ransom Clark, of North Hero, Vermont. Charles R. Clark, born August 27, 1922, is the son of Charles Hyde Clark, Clinton's younger brother.
Mrs. Clark relates an interesting story: one of her possessions is a picture taken in 1904, of a Lillian Halle and a postcard, dated September 9, 1916 at 4;30 p.m., sent to Mary Ann (Mollie) Clark (1846-?) in North Hero. (Mary Ann was Clinton's sister, two years his junior.) On the postcard, Lillian Hale told her Aunt Mollie that she had visited her Uncle Elroy in Denver, Colorado. The postcard has a picture of the Equitable Building where his law office was. (Elroy is Elroy Newton Clark (1860-1946), the seventh of the eight children of Ransom and Sarah Clark.)
So what does this have to do with Clinton Clark? Mrs. Clark also has a copy of a Crawford County Iowa marriage register, volume 4, page 56, which indicates that a C. Clark married H. Halley, November 8th, 1861. Is this a coincidence, or could Lillian be a daughter of Clinton Clark? Another possibility is that she is related to Jedediah Perkins Ladd Clark and Mary Thompson, the cousins Clinton had gone to Iowa to visit.
Family materials held by Mrs. Dorice Clark.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. FamilySearch™ Ancestral File v4.19 database. Accessed 23 January 2003, available from www.familysearch.org, Internet.
Drips, J. H. "Three Years Among the Indians in Dakota," (New York, Sol Lewis, 1974; a reprint of the original 1894 edition).
Dyer, Frederick H. "A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865." Online edition, accessed 23 January 2003, available from www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/uniacav.htm#6thcav, Internet.
U.S. Federal Census Records for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 and 1930. Online edition, accessed 23 January 2003, available from www.ancestry.com, Internet.