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CLARKE, William Hyde

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CLARKE, William Hyde. (Cooperstown, NY, Feb. 19, 1836--Dubuque, IA, Oct. 10, 1872) In 1856, Clarke came to Iowa and settled in Dubuque. He was appointed teller in Mobley's Bank until the bank ended business. He then became Secretary of the DUBUQUE HARBOR IMPROVEMENT COMPANY and occupied that position until the establishment of the Dubuque branch of the STATE BANK OF IOWA in which he was a teller.

In 1861, Clarke resigned his position and entered the GOVERNOR'S GREYS. He was elected First Lieutenant of Company I, one of the ten companies composing the 1st Iowa Voluntary Infantry. He took an important part in light fire fights at Dugg's Springs and Forsyth and in the battle of Wilson's Creek. After his term of service expired, he returned home but soon re-entered the service after accepting the position of Acting Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of General Francis J. HERRON with the rank of Captain.

Clarke was engaged in a long campaign in Missouri and Arkansas. He was promoted to the rank of Major on the field for gallant conduct during the battle of Pea Ridge and was in the less important battle of Prairie Grove. During the siege of Vicksburg, the force with which he was connected took a bold part in forcing the surrender of that important stronghold. He was among the first to enter the city after its surrender. He saw action Port Hudson and assisted at the capture of Yazoo City. The duties of the campaign called him to Louisiana and Texas; he remained in the latter state about a year.

In Texas he contracted the disease which ended his life. Until compelled by declining health to resign, he was cashier of the FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF DUBUQUE.



"William Hyde Clarke," Find-A-Grave. Online: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7468437