Harrison Clark

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Harrison Clark
Born (1842-04-10)April 10, 1842
Chatham, New York
Died April 18, 1913(1913-04-18) (aged 71)
Albany, New York
Buried at Albany Rural Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service August 27, 1862 to September 4, 1865
Rank Corporal
Unit New York (state) Company E, 125th New York Infantry
Awards Medal of Honor

Corporal Harrison Clark (April 10, 1842 to April 18, 1913) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Clark received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania on 2 July 1863. He was honored with the award on 11 June 1895.[1][2][3]

Biography[edit]

Clark was born in Chatham, New York on 10 April 1842. Before the onset of the Civil War he was a carriage maker.[4]

He enlisted into the 125th New York Infantry. On 2 July 1863 he performed an act of bravery during the Battle of Gettysburg that earned him the Medal of Honor award. After this event he was promoted to color sergeant. Clark also participated in the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864. Despite being shot in the leg, he kept on fighting, an act which led to his field promotion to 2nd Lieutenant. He mustered out of the service on 4 September 1865, at the conclusion of the war.[4]

Clark married Harriet Emeline Johnson, with whom he had three children. Following the war he was a proprietor at an opera house. He was later Keeper of the Bureau of Military Services. He died on 18 April 1913 and his remains are interred at the Albany Rural Cemetery in New York.[4]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Seized the colors and advanced with them after the color bearer had been shot.[1][2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Harrison Clark". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "U.S. Army Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 28 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c Hanna, Charles. Gettysburg Medal of Honor Recipients. pp. 63–65. ISBN 9781599553023.