John W. Clark (Medal of Honor)

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John Wesley Clark
Born (1830-10-25)October 25, 1830
Moretown, Vermont
Died August 4, 1898(1898-08-04) (aged 67)
Montpelier, Vermont
Buried Green Mount Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1861 - 1864
Rank Captain
Unit Vermont 6th Vermont Infantry
Awards Medal of Honor

John Wesley Clark (October 25, 1830–August 4, 1898) 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 near Warrenton in Virginia on 28 July 1863. He was honored with the award on 21 December 1892.[1][2][3]


Clark was born in Moretown, Vermont on 25 October 1830. He was appointed as regimental quartermaster (with rank of first lieutenant) of the 6th Vermont Infantry in September 1861. [4] He was promoted to captain in April 1864, and resigned from the army by the end of the year. [5] Clark died on 4 August 1898 and his remains are interred at the Green Mount Cemetery in Vermont.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Defended the division train against a vastly superior force of the enemy; he was severely wounded, but remained in the saddle for 20 hours afterward until he had brought his train through in safety.[1][2]

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