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Clark, Henry

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 41, credited to Middlebury, VT
Unit(s): 7th VT INF
Service: enl 1/14/62, m/i 2/12/62, Pvt, Co. C, 7th VT INF, wdd, 8/5/62, m/o 10/27/62

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VITALS

Birth: abt 1821, County Dublin, Ireland
Death: 07/18/1870

Burial: Togus National Cemetery, Togus, ME
Marker/Plot: D/0035
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tim Cooper
Findagrave Memorial #: 105424742

MORE INFORMATION

Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 7/8/1863, widow Amelia, 8/10/1870
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None

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Togus National Cemetery, ME

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Article

ALLEGED ABUSE OF A SOLDIER. - The Gardner (Me.) Journal expresses great indignation at the alleged ill treatment of Henry Clark of Middlebury, who served in the 7th Vt. Regiment, and has just been transferred from the Middlebury almshouse to the Togus Military Asylum.

The Journal says:

The most emaciated individual we ever saw is now at the Togus Military Asylum. He had been brought here three days previous, and all declared that he looked much better than when he came. The photographs of the victims of Andersonville, that we used to see during the war, did not equal the terrible sight. This poor man had been sick six years; and was sent by the authorities of Middlebury, Vt., from the poorhouse.

To our indignant inquiry: "why did they send a man away in this condition?" the surgeon replied: "To save his funeral expenses, I suppose." A man - no, a being - accompanied him as far as Augusta, and then left him to be carried on the Asylum team to the Asylum. The driver of the team with more humanity, hired a coach to bring him over. The poor invalid said he had received more attention during the three days he had been at the asylum than for many months before. Talk about rebel atrocity after this! They were inhuman to their enemies, but here is a man who had fought for his native town neglected as no decent person would neglect a sick dog! It makes our blood boil to think of it. Chaplain Kelly informed us that this is not the only instance of this kind. A man was sent there from Elmira, N. Y., who died in three days, and he was so covered with vermin, that he was disgusting to handle! Such things are awful to believed of christian communities.

It is certainly to be hoped that there is some mistake in this matter, and that the above is not a correct statement of the case. At any rate, it devolves upon Middlebury to make an explanation, and set the matter right.

Source: Burlington Free Press, July 29, 1870.

An Exaggerated Story About an Abused Soldier - Sometime since we noticed in a Boston daily a story about a living skeleton by the name of Henry Clark of Middleboro, Vt., being taken to the military Asylum, Augusta, Maine, in a deplorable state of destitution and neglect. A recent number of the Gardiner, Me., Journal, gives a highly colored picture about a sick soldier being sent from Middlebury by the town authorities to the Augusta Asylum, to avoid the expense of his funeral. That he had fought nobly for his native town, and was turned off among strangers to die.

A few moments interview with Col Tracy of Middlebury, yesterday, furnished us with some light on the above case of "alleged cruelty," which makes it appear very different. There was such a person in the Middlebury poor house as Henry Clark, an Englishman; he drew a pension of $8 per month, which he used as he pleased, the town caring for his necessities the meanwhile. He was a confirmed consumptive, and although he had medical care, was regarded as beyond the reach of medicine years ago. He has not been a constant resident of Middlebury, has spent over a year in Burlington and Montreal seeking medical aid. He urgently requested to be sent to the U. S. Asylum at Augusta, and was taken there by Mr. Leland, of Middlebury, with the utmost care. He has since died; but not of neglect or inattention on the part of the authorities of Middlebury - but because his case was one no human power could reach. He has been for years unable to take anything but the very lightest nutriment, and that in the smallest quantities. - Such is the account given us by a soldier who knew all the circumstances.

Source: The Enterprise and Vermonter, July 29, 1870.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.