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 reviews of an English immigrant within the provider of the U.S. 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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In fact, he witnessed the very last stages of that war in March 1848 when he accompanied an army paymaster to Veracruz. '' 7 With youthful optimism, Frank soon invested all of his savings in a trading expedition to the headwaters of the Mississippi. Although the Indians he encountered willingly exchanged furs for trade goods, Frank lost money on this venture when his partner absconded with most of the profits, apparently in a headlong flight to the recently discovered California gold fields. After a fruitless search for suitable employment, Frank became despondent and again turned to the army.

This book is dedicated to Bess Talley, a long-time friend and supporter. 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.

In 1832 the city was nothing more than a trading post and Indian settlement. But thereafter its population exploded, rising from 1,712 in 1840 to 20,061 in 1850. 25 per acre. 3 But countless town dwellers acquired this land for speculation and never intended to farm it. Frank Clarke purchased his Wisconsin farmland almost assuredly for speculative reasons, for he later confessed that he knew nothing about farming. In fact, Frank still dreamed of becoming a lawyer. Soon after arriving in the "Cream City," a name attached to Milwaukee because of its cream-colored brick buildings, Clarke entered into a partnership with solicitor Charles A.

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