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John J. Clarke Civil War papers

Identifier: MS-0112
This collection consists of Clarke's Civil War papers (1861-1865; 12 items). Documents include commissions, military orders, correspondence, and dispatches concerning activities in and around Charleston, South Carolina during the period of 1864-1865. One letter, dated February 4, 1865 to Colonel Clarke from Headquarters discusses proposed training of African-American troops in the Engineer Corps.


  • 1861-1865


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12 items

Biographical / Historical

Little is known about the personal history of John J. Clarke. His date and place of birth are unknown. During the pre-war years he was employed as a civil engineer. In April 1861, he was commissioned as a captain in the Confederate Army Engineer Corps and served as an engineer until the end of the war, rising to the rank of colonel. By 1864 he was the Chief Engineer for the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. At the war's end Clarke settled in Georgia, where he was Superintendent of the Georgia Central Railroad. Records indicate that he was living in Savannah in 1868. He died circa 1889 in an accident in New Jersey.

Physical Location

Manuscripts Stacks
A Guide to the John J. Clarke Papers, 1861-1865
© 2002 Virginia Military Institute Archives
Language of description
Description is in English

Revision Statements

  • finding aid revision date not supplied: Feb 16, 2004 PUBLIC "-//Virginia Military Institute::Preston Library::Archives//TEXT (US::ViLxV::vilxv00019::A Guide to the John J. Clarke Papers)//EN" "vilxv00019.xml" convertedfrom EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15). Feb 26, 2004 converted to conform to eadVIVA.dtd by vivastrict.xsl

Repository Details

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Preston Library
Lexington VA 24450