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Andrew J. Clark letter

Andrew J. Clark letter, 1864 Mar. 14
Andrew J. Clark letter
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1864 Mar. 14
Letter, 14 March 1864, from Andrew J. Clark (1837-1927) of Company H, 23rd Massachusetts Infantry, in Norfolk County, Virginia, to his brother detailing a battle that his regiment participated in along with the 118th New York, 20th New York, and 13th New Hampshire near Bowers Hill in Norfolk County, adding that it was a result of a raid by Union African American cavalry on Suffolk, Virginia. Clark also writes about camp life and routine and includes an amusing anecdote about a cow crossing into their lines. He notes that a paper in Portsmouth, Virginia, is supporting Abraham Lincoln for president
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Andrew Jackson Clark was born 13 December 1837 to Melzer Wentworth Clark (1812-1895) and Sabina Lincoln Clark (1820-1906) in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. When the Civil War began, Clark enlisted in a three-month regiment, Company I, 4th Massachusetts Volunteers, on 16 April 1861, and was mustered in on 22 April 1861, when his term expired. He then enlisted in Company H, 23rd Massachusetts Infantry, on 9 October 1861. Mustered out 13 October 1864 when his three year enlistment ended, Clark returned to Plymouth County. He held several different jobs, including painter, cordmaker, peddler, and school janitor. Clark married Evelina M. Cain (b. ca. 1847) on 17 November 1869, and they had five children. Clark died in Plymouth County 27 June 1927. He was buried in the Fort Hill cemetery in Hingham.
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