Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Andrew S. Clark Correspondence

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Andrew S. Clark Correspondence,
Creator: Clark, Andrew S.
Inclusive dates: 1862, 2012, and undated
Extent: 1 cubic feet (in 2 boxes, 1 Oversized folder)
Abstract:
The majority of the correspondence is between Andrew and his extended family and friends, 1862-1865, but other materials date to 2012, or are undated.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 73576

Access Restrictions:

Andrew S. Clark Correspondence are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Andrew S. Clark Correspondence, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

The collection is organized alphabetically and chronologically.


History

Biography:

Andrew S. Clark was born in 1831 in New York (State) and died in 1869 in Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Andrew married Eliza A. Clark (Wyckoff). There is evidence that together they had two daughters: Catherine (Kitty) Clark and Mirthy Clark. Prior to her marriage to Andrew, Eliza was married to a Dr. Joseph Wentworth Bachelder, with whom she had a son, Amara J. Bachelder, and a daughter, Emma Bachelder. Andrew enlisted as a private in Company C, 23rd Michigan Infantry on September 12, 1862 at Flint, Michigan. He was mustered out on June 28, 1965. His brothers, all named for presidents, Martin V.B. Clark, George W. Clark, and Henry H. Clark, as well as his brother-in-law, John N. Dumond (married to Andrew’s sister, Almira) also served in the Union army. Andrew also had a sister, Nancy Mead. Eliza had at least two brothers who are represented in the collection, Samuel B. Wyckoff and John R. Wyckoff.

Amara J. Bachelder was born in 1847 in New York (State) and died in 1919 in Petoskey, Michigan. He served as a private in Company I, 30th Michigan Infantry Regiment. He enlisted on December 12, 1864 and was discharged on July 1, 1865. Later, he married Ida Ruth (Lomprey) Bachelder. Together they had two daughters, Myrtie L. (Bachelder) Limpert and Bess Ruth (Bachelder) Stetson. (This information is from the collection.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection is composed mainly of correspondence between Andrew and his extended family written mostly between 1862 and 1865. There is also a letter from 1867 and several which are undated. The majority of the correspondence is between Andrew and Eliza, with correspondence to/from Amara. The majority of the letters concerns farm life and what to do on the farm. Of particular note is a letter dated Sept. 17, 1864 from Seymour Clark to Amara Bachelder from a Camp near Atlanta, Georgia, describing the siege of Atlanta. There is one folder devoted to writings and poems written or copied by Andrew while he served during the Civil War. In the Miscellaneous No Name folder there is a poem called “Love Letter to a Soldier.” The Oversized folder includes newspaper clippings and a bounty form for Andrew. The first folder in the collection contains biographical information on the above mentioned people. Illustrations are limited to letterhead.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Clark, Andrew S.
    • Bachelder, Amara J.
    • Clark family.
    • Bachelder family.
    • Wyckoff family.
    • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 23rd (1862-1865), Company C.
    • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 30th (1862-1865), Company I.
    • Poetry.
    • Soldiers--United States--History--19th century.
    • Soldiers--Michigan--History.
    • Soldiers--Michigan--Correspondence.
    • Atlanta Campaign, 1864.
    • Sieges--Georgia--Atlanta--History--19th century.
    • Petoskey (Mich.)--History.
    • Grand Traverse County (Mich.)--History.
    • Michigan--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Andrew S. Clark Correspondence. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Letters transcribed onto CD by donor; Biographical Information, 2012
    Box   1 F   2
    Correspondence from Amara J. Bachelder, 1864-1865
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence from Amara J. Bachelder to Eliza A. Clark,  1864-1865
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence from Andrew S. Clark, etc., 1864, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence between Andrew S. Clark and Almira Dumond, 1864-1865
    Box   1 F   6
    Correspondence from Andrew S. Clark to Eliza A. Clark, Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   1 F   7
    Correspondence from Andrew S. Clark to Eliza A. Clark,  date without year
    Box   1 F   8
    Correspondence from Andrew S. Clark to Eliza A. Clark,  1862
    Box   1 F   9
    Correspondence from Andrew S. Clark to Eliza A. Clark,  1863
    Box   1 F   10
    Correspondence from Andrew S. Clark to Eliza A. Clark,  1864
    Box   1 F   11
    Correspondence from Andrew S. Clark to Eliza A. Clark,  1865
    Box   1 F   12
    Correspondence between Andrew S. Clark and John N. Dumond, 1862-1864
    Box   1 F   13
    Correspondence between Andrew S. Clark to Amara J. Bachelder, 1864, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    Correspondence from Eliza A. Clark to Andrew S. Clark, 1863-1865
    Box   2 F   2
    Miscellaneous Writings from Andrew S. Clark, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Correspondence from Henry H. Clark, 1864-1865
    Box   2 F   4
    Correspondence from Martin V. B. Clark, 1864-1865
    Box   2 F   5
    Correspondence from Nancy Mead to Andrew S. Clark, 1864, undated
    Box   2 F   6
    Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1862=1889
    Box   2 F   6
    Miscellaneous, 1889, undated
    Box   2 F   7
    Miscellaneous, no Name, 1863-1865
    Box   2 F   8
    Correspondence from John R. Wyckoff, 1864-1865
    Box   2 F   9
    Printed transcriptions, 2012
    Folder   1  
    Oversized Folder, Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings; Bounty/ Inventory Form, 1864, undated