Above a Common Soldier: Frank and Mary Clarke in the American West and Civil War, 1847-1872

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First published as To Form a More Perfect Union in 1941, this rare volume of Civil War-era letters relates the poignant experiences of an English immigrant in the service of the United States Army as a noncommissioned officer, civilian employee, and Union volunteer. Frank Clarke served in Mexico, Missouri, New Mexico, and Bleeding Kansas, on the Sioux, Solomon River, and Utah expeditions, and in war-torn Tennessee and Mississippi. After Frank's tragic death in 1862, his wife Mary corresponded with his English ...
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Overview

First published as To Form a More Perfect Union in 1941, this rare volume of Civil War-era letters relates the poignant experiences of an English immigrant in the service of the United States Army as a noncommissioned officer, civilian employee, and Union volunteer. Frank Clarke served in Mexico, Missouri, New Mexico, and Bleeding Kansas, on the Sioux, Solomon River, and Utah expeditions, and in war-torn Tennessee and Mississippi. After Frank's tragic death in 1862, his wife Mary corresponded with his English mother, detailing the daily struggles of a military widow and her five sons in frontier Kansas. Darlis Miller has kept George Hammond's original annotations and added a few new ones. Her introductions to the book and individual chapters provide biographical details on Frank's and Mary's lives and place their letters in historical context.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780826317995
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.39 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The West Beckons, 1847-1849 1
2 With the First Dragoons, 1849-1854 19
3 Civilians Again, 1854-1861 50
4 A Civil War Tragedy, 1861-1863 72
5 "A Bird Alone," 1863-1865 105
6 Junction City, Kansas 1865-1872 129
Epilogue 189
Notes 193
Bibliography 209
Index 215
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