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Thomas J. Clark was a native of Jefferson County, Georgia. Born about 1840, he married Martha Ann Law on January 21, 1858. The couple lived in Hamilton County, Florida, and had a daughter named Eliza Irvin Clark, who was born October 10, 1861. Clark enlisted in the Confederate Army on April 25, 1862 at Camp Leon, near Tallahassee; he enrolled in Company H, Fifth Florida Infantry Regiment, which was commanded by Captain John Frink. The Fifth Florida remained in its native state until the summer of 1862, when it was ordered to reinforce the Confederate forces in Virginia.
The regiment saw its first combat at the Battle of Second Bull Run (Manassas) in August, and was also engaged in the bloody Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg, Maryland), on September 17, 1862. In the latter action, Thomas Clark was severely wounded in the leg and chest. Evacuated to a military hospital in nearby Shepherdstown, Virginia, Clark was captured and paroled by Union forces on September 25, 1862. He remained in the Shepherdstown hospital after his parole, where he died in mid-November.
This collection consists of photocopies of papers related to Thomas J. Clark, a Civil War soldier from Florida. It contains four letters written by Thomas J. Clark to his wife, Martha Ann Clark, between June and September, 1862. The first three were written while in camp in Florida. They contain general camp news and comments about his concern and affection for his wife. The last letter from Clark, dated September 7, 1862, gives a brief description of the second Battle of Manassas and the beginning of the Confederate invasion of Maryland. The last piece of correspondence regarding Thomas Clark is a November 14, 1862 letter from Ellie Reutch of Shepherdstown, Virginia to Martha Ann Clark, describing Thomas' death.
The collection also contains an undated poem written by Thomas Clark, entitled "A Soldier's Life," and an April 18, 1864 letter from James Clark (Thomas' brother) to Martha Ann Clark. Written from Baldwin, Florida, James Clark describes activities in the state following the Battle of Olustee on February 20, 1864. James was a member of the Twenty-eighth Georgia Infantry Regiment.
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Confederate States of America. Army. --Florida Infantry Regiment, 5th. Confederate States of America. Army. --Georgia Infantry Regiment, 28th.
Bull Run, 2nd Battle of, Va., 1862. Olustee (Fla.), Battle of, 1864.
Florida History Civil War, 1861-1865 United States History Civil War, 1861-1865
Clark, James, fl. 1860-1865
Clark, Martha Ann Law, fl. 1860-1865