Gardner B. Clark papers  1861-1865
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Biography

Clark, Gardner B.

Rank : Capt.

Regiment : 1st Michigan Sharpshooters Regiment. Company C. (1863-1865)

Service : 1861 August 21-1864 September 9

Gardner B. Clark joined Co. C of the 1st U.S. Sharpshooters, organized in the state of Michigan on August 21, 1861. He mustered into Federal service in late September as a private at the Sharpshooters' Camp at Weehawken, New Jersey. The regiment participated in the defense of Washington, D.C., from 1861 to 1862 and then was integrated into the Army of the Potomac. His company fought at most of the key battles of the war: the Siege of Yorktown, the Battle of Williamsburg, the Seven Days Battle, Manassas, Antietam, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Clark rose to the level of lieutenant by 1863 and was a captain by 1864. Clark was wounded at Gettysburg at "The Devil's Den" and was discharged on September 9, 1864.

Clark was born in Vermont around 1835. He married Mary Baxter on July 27, 1863. After the war they settled in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Clark worked for the local newspaper. Gardner and Mary had a son, Gardner B. Clark, Jr., in 1875. Clark Sr. was still living in Grand Rapids in 1894.