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PVT: WILLIAM HENRY CLARK of the 92nd New York Infantry, Company E. Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

William Henry Clark was born on August 19th, 1839 in Ramondville, St Lawrence County, New York. He enlisted into the 92nd New York Infantry, Company E on October 15, 1861; he was seriously wounded at the Battle of Fair Oaks and was mustered out on a Medical discharge on December 11th, 1862. His wife’s name is Margaret Scott.

Wm H. Clark died on August 15, 1919 in Salinas, and is buried at the IOOF “Garden of Memories Memorial Park” Cemetery in Salinas, Calif. William H. Clark was a member of the James Blair Steedman GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) Post #56 based out of Salinas, Ca.

The following transcriptions are a Biographical sketch and obituary.

CLARK, WILLIAM HENRY (1839-1919) Salinas, IOOF Cemetery
(History & Biographical Record of Monterey and San Benito Counties 1910)
William Henry Clark

IN the era when Salinas was an insignificant hamlet as compared with what it is today, William H. Clark became pioneer of the village, and for the past thirty-six years he has been an interested witness of its growth. Not a little of this advancement is traceable to himself, for every measure that has had the good of the town at heart has received his unqualified interest and cooperation. At no time since he took up his residence here has he seen values or business take a backward step; on the other hand, he has noted a 
steady advance and healthy growth along all lines of activity. As an evidence of this he cites the fact that land valued at $100 per acre in those early days now sells readily for $300 and is in steady demand.

Like a large majority of those who now make their home in California, William H. Clark is a native of the east. Born in Raymondville, St. Lawrence county, NY, August 9, 1839, he is the son of Joseph and Rizpah (Field) Clark, both of whom were natives of New Hampshire, but who rounded out the latter years of their lives in the Empire state. The recollections of his boyhood take him back in 
memory to the happy carefree times spent in the old home in Raymondville, where in years later he lived to experience the breaking up of home ties to respond to his country’s call to arms. When he was twenty two years of age enlisted as a member of the Ninety second New York Regular Volunteer Infantry, and from the time of his enlistment until May 1, 1862, he was in active service. At the battle of Fair Oaks he was sounded and lay on the battlefield for thirty hours, only to suffer further pain and humiliation by being taken prisoner and cast into Libby Prison. ON July 9 following he was removed to the camp at Belle Island, and about a month later August 5, he was exchanged. His wounds were of such a serious nature that he was incapacitated for further service, and after 
remaining in the hospital for many months he was finally discharged, December 11, 1862. Returning to his home in Raymondville, he remained there until the fall of the following year, when thinking a change of scene and climate might be of benefit to his health, he made a visit to relatives in Nevada. the change more than fulfilled his expectations, for in addition to regained health he enlarged his business experience, having carried on a successful drug business in Washoe for five years, and then in 1873, retraced his steps to the west, this time, however, making his way to the Pacific coast and locating in California. Salinas was his objective point, and this has been his home continuously ever since. He had not been in the town long before he had laid well defined plans for a business undertaking and soon afterwards opened an insurance office, having taken the local agency of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. IN addition to writing insurance he also did considerable collecting, and still later he established a 
warehouse business in partnership with HS. Ball. Of Later years, however, he has concentrated his efforts more especially no the real estate business, which, with the collecting and loaning of money, is proved a very remunerative and congenial occupation.

Mr. Clark’s marriage occurred in New York state in 1869 and united him with Miss Margaret Scott, a native of Scotland, and two children were born of their marriage, namely; Frank S., ex-mayor of Salinas, and Lotta T., the wife of Edwin Armstrong, also of this city. While Mr. Clark was living in Meadow Lake, Nevada county, Cal, he joined the Odd Fellows order, becoming a member of Meadow Lake Lodge, receiving his initiation on the summit of the Nevada mountains in 1866. He is also a member of Alilsal Lodge, No. 163 I.O.O.F., and for fifteen years was secretary of the lodge. During his early voting days Mr. Clark invariably espoused the cause of the Republican party, voting for both Lincoln and Grant, but in later years he has given the weight of his influence to the Prohibition party.

(Salinas Daily Index August 15, 1919)
Taps Sounds For a Veteran of the Civil War
W.H. Clark, a Respected Citizen of this Community, Passes Away
His End is Peaceful
Funeral Service to Be Held at United Presbyterian Church Sunday. Taps have sounded for another venerable veteran of the civil war W.H. Clark who has been in failing health for a long time passed away at noon today and the community is called upon to mourn for a man of sterling worth in whose life was exemplified all the Christian virtues. He was a good man and his memory will be cherished not alone by his relatives by everyone who came under the influence of his kindly personality.

W.H. Clark was born in Raymondville, New York August 19, 1839, and was aged 80 years and days, when he passed from earth.

In October 1861 he enlisted in Co. E. 92nd New York volunteer infantry and seven months later at the battle of Fair Oaks VA, he was shot through the thigh with a musket ball and the right side with a buckshot. Falling on the battle field a few minutes later he was hit with a piece of a shell. he lay on the field thirty hours before being put into a wagon and taken to Richmond. He was kept in army prison hospital on Belle Island until finally exchanged the following August where he was sent to the Philadelphia hospital being discharged from the army in the winter 1862.

He came to California via the isthmus in November 1863, and went to Washoe Nevada where he engaged in the drug store business with his brother in law W.P.L. Winham. He returned to New York and was married in 1869 returning to California and establishing his house in Salinas in November 1873 where he has since resided.

He has occupied the office of councilman and member of the board of education during his life in Salinas.

He is survived by his wife Altana, B. Clark and by his son Frank B Clark, and his daughter Mrs. Lottie Armstrong, his nephews Harry, Frank and Fred Winham and his nieces (illegible)

He was active in church and Sabbath school work, having a class in the United Presbyterian Sabbath school until last year when his health failed. (illegible) He was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge (illegible)

The funeral will take place at the family residence on Church street at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, thence to the United Presbyterian Church.

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Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC  
Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca  
Dept. of Calif. and Pacific  
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Sep 2009