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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, he resigned his position and entered the Governor's Greys. He was elected First Lieutenant of that company, after known as Company I.; and one of the ten companies composing the 1st I. V. I. He took an important part in the light engagements of Dugg's Springs, and Forsyth, and in the battle of Wilson's Creek. After his term of service expired, he returned home but soon after re-entered the service, having accepted the position of Acting Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of General Herron with the rank of Captain.

He 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 memorable battle of Pea Ridge and was also 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 faced the enemy's guns at 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.