Above a Common Soldier: Frank and Mary Clarke in the by Darlis A. Miller

By Darlis A. Miller

First released as TO shape A extra ideal UNION in 1941, this infrequent quantity of Civil War-era letters relates the poignant stories of an English immigrant within the carrier of the USA military. After Frank Clarke's tragic loss of life in 1862, his spouse Mary corresponded along with his English mom, detailing the day-by-day struggles of an army widow and her 5 sons in frontier Kansas. 12 halftones .

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Pray give my love to My Brothers and Sisters and with my kind love to yourselves, Believe me, My dear Parents, Your Affectionate Son, C. Francis Clarke The Rev'd Chas Clarke Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States 21st July 1849 My dear Sir On the ensuing term of Court I intend applying to be admitted an Attorney in the Supreme Court of the United States and as it would be necessary in order to be enabled to produce my Articles in Court, to obtain from you a Release of them as to the time I left you.

We do know from Frank's correspondence that Mary's sister from St. Louis was with her during the last stages of the pregnancy. In May 1852 Mary and the six-month-old infant traveled with Frank and his regiment over the Santa Fe Trail to Fort Union, New Mexico, a distance of 750 miles. Indeed, Mary was among the first Anglo-American women to experience garrison life in this newly acquired territory. The Clarkes soon made their way across the mountains to Frank's new posting at Fort Massachusetts, nestled in the beautiful San Luis Valley (now part of Colorado).

Page 1 Chapter One The West Beckons: 1847-1849 On August 6, 1847 Charles Francis Clarke reached the United States after spending thirty-seven days at sea. Unlike the vast hordes of penniless immigrants flocking to America, Frank sailed in first-class accommodations and arrived with sufficient funds to buy land and to invest in other promising enterprises. His destination, from the very start of his travels, seems always to have been Wisconsin Territory, a part of the great American West that was rapidly filling with settlers.

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