Corp George B Clark

18 March 2019

This fine photograph of George Buchanan Clark is from Wayne Jorgenson, online on his First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment site. George was a Private in Company A of the First Minnesota when he was captured in action at Antietam in September 1862. He was exchanged in December, wounded at Bristow Station in October 1863, and mustered out in May 1864.

He reenlisted in the consolidated First Battalion of Minnesota Infantry and was appointed Corporal, but was captured again, in June, near Petersburg, VA and spent the next 8 harrowing months in Andersonville and other prisons. He was paroled in February 1865 – emaciated and missing all his teeth due to scurvy – and eventually returned to his unit, was promoted to Sergeant, and finally went home in July 1865. He never recovered physically and died in the Milwaukee Soldiers Home in 1887 at age 44.

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