Edward Walter Clark Papers

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Edward Walter Clark papers
Creator: Clark, Edward Walter, 1845-1863
Call Number: A.C58
Dates: 1847-1929
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Separated Materials
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Ephemera
Series III: Medals
Collection Overview
Title: Edward Walter Clark papers
Creator: Clark, Edward Walter, 1845-1863
Call Number: A.C58
Dates: 1847-1929
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Edward Walter Clark (1845-1863) was born in Utica, NY, the eldest child of Hiram and Susan (Reed) Clark. By 1849 the Clark family had moved to Rochester, NY. In the fall of 1858 Edward went to work for the Rochester Board of Education, first as a messenger boy and then as an office clerk in charge of accounting. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August 1862 and was appointed Paymaster's steward of the U.S. gunboat "Eastport." He was then made acting ensign attached to the Mississippi squadron under command of Admiral David Dixon Porter. In January 1863 Edward was assigned to the "U.S.S. Black Hawk," which was situated at the mouth of the Yazoo River, in sight of Vicksburg. On March 15, 1863 he was transferred to a naval hospital boat, suffering from typhoid fever. On April 1, 1863, Edward Walter Clark died, just ten days short of his eighteenth birthday.

Scope and Content
The Edward Walter Clark Papers are housed in 2 boxes. Box 1 contains the correspondence of Edward W. Clark and the Clark family, including Edward's parents Hiram and Susan (Reed) Clark, his brothers Charles V. Clark (b.1849) and George H. Clark (b.1855), and various other family members. Edward's letters are written in an attractive and legible hand, and reflect his personal experiences while serving in the Navy. Other letters include a recommendation from the superintendent of schools of Rochester, NY, naval assignments, and condolences to the Clark family from Navy personnel.

Box 1 also contains 2 sketchbooks of George H. Clark, a photograph album, Edward's 1859 diary, newspaper clippings concerning Edward's death, and other papers and ephemera of Edward W. Clark and the Clark family. 15 medals are housed in Box 2.

Subject(s):
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Correspondence
Diaries
Photographs
Clark, Edward Walter, 1845-1863
Black Hawk (Ship)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Edward Walter Clark Papers were presented to the University of Rochester Library by Mrs. Susan Campbell, June 29, 1959 and January 16, 1962.Access
The Edward Walter Clark papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Edward Walter Clark papers, A.C58, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterSeparated Materials
The collection also contained the book When and Where We Met Each Other On Shore and Afloat, compiled by Theodore D. Strickler, 1899, listing battles, engagements, actions, skirmishes, and expeditions during the Civil War. This book has been catalogued and can be found in the general stacks.


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1847-1862
Hiram Clark to Susan Reed Clark, December 28, 1847, Rochester
Josephine and Emily Paine to "Dear Cousin", October 23, 1856
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, May 30, 1862, Rochester
D.H. Clark, James C. Campbell, Francis H. Marshall, Michael Filan, Mayor George W. Rawson to Edward W. Clark, July 23, 1862, Rochester
D.H. Clark served as Superintendent of Public Schools. Campbell served on the Board of Education. Mayor Rawson served as a Counselor at-law.

Charles Henry Davis to Edward W. Clark, August 7, 1862, Cairo, Illinois
Davis served as a Commodore in the U.S. Naval Forces on Western Waters.

Charles Henry Davis to Edward W. Clark, August 11, 1863
Davis served as a Commodore in the U.S. Naval Forces on Western Waters.

Alexander Mosely Pennock to Edward W. Clark, October 16, 1862
Gideon Welles to Edward W. Clark, November 7, 1862, Washinton D.C.
Welles served as Secretary of the Navy.

Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, November 9, 1862, Cairo, Illinois
Alexander Mosely Pennock to Edward W. Clark, November 10, 1862, Cairo, Illinois
Edward W. Clark to Susan Reed Clark, November 12, 1862, Cairo, Illinois
David Dixon Porter to Edward W. Clark, November 22, 1862, Cairo, Illinois
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, December 29, 1862, Yazoo River
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, January-April 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, January 12, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, January 13, 1863
This letter includes an envelope, and is one of two letters written on January 13, 1863.

Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, January 13, 1863
This letter includes an envelope.

Edward W. Clark to Susan Reed Clark, January 15, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, January 17, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, January 20, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, January 25, 1863, Mouth of the Yazoo River
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, January 26, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, February 3, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, February 6, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, February 17, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram and George Clark, February 20, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Susan Reed Clark March 3, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, March 15, 1863
William [Wadrop?] to Hiram Clark, April 1, 1863, "Black Hawk" Yazoo River
Alexander Mosely Pennock to Hiram Clark, April 8, 1863, Cairo, Illinois
Sister St. John to Susan Reed Clark, April 9, 1863, Naval Hospital Boat, Red River
Alexander Mosely Pennock to Hiram Clark, April 15, 1863, Cairo, Illinois
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, May 1863-1929, undated
William [Wadrop?] to Hiram Clark, May 2, 1863, "Black Hawk"
Dean W. Tainter to Hiram Clark, May 13, 1863
James A. Reed to Hiram Clark, May 31, 1863
Dean W. Tainter to Hiram Clark, June 16, 1863, Cairo, Illinois
Lucy Clark to Hiram Clark, June 28, 1863
Lucy Clark to Hiram Clark, June 28, 1863
Edward W. Clark to Charles Clark, August 24, [1863?], Cairo, Illinois
Lucy Clark to Hiram Clark, June 28, 1863
Alfred G. Mudge to Hiram Clark, August 25, 1863, Rochester
Charles [V.?] Clark to Susan Reed Clark, October 4, 1863, Jordan
David Dixon Porter to "Officers and men of the Mississippi Squadron", [1863]
Porter served as Rear Admiral.
This letter includes a map titled, "Approaches to Fort Hindman, Arkansas Post."

William H. Dauenhowen to Alfred G. Mudge, [186-]
Dauenhowen served in the U.S. Naval Forces on Western Waters.

Maggie Holt to [illegible] Albert, October 6, 1890, Arroyo, Pennsylvania
"Mother" to Margaret Williams, October 25, 1893, Chicago, Illinois
George H. Clark to Charles Clark, June 3, 1929, Syracuse, New York
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, February 15, Rochester
Albert and Nellie [Holt?] to unknown recipient, July 16
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, November 15, Rochester
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, November 23, Rochester
Edward W. Clark to Hiram Clark, undated
[Grandmother] to Margaret Williams, undated
Series II: Ephemera
Box 1, Folder 4Miscelleaneous
Photocopies (3) from the Hiram Clark family Bible.
Poem "The Frog" with moral.
Papers written by Edward W. Clark: "The Progress of our Country" with Enigma - Edward Clark, Rochester.
"Benedict Arnold" by Edward W. Clark.
Program - 1899; Rochester High School with Clipping.
Newspaper clippings: "Death of a Young Naval Officer" and "Funeral of Ensign E. W. Clark".
Newspaper clipping of poem, "The Bottom Drawer"
Program of Rochester High School Commencement with newspaper clipping, 1899
Miscellaneous ephemera: Rochester Poetry Society bookplates; timetables of Rochester and Syracuse Railroad (ca 1930); envelopes
Photocopies (3) from the Hiram Clark family Bible.
Photocopies (3) from the Hiram Clark family Bible.
Box 1, Folder 5Diary of Edward W. Clark, January 1-March 16, 1859
Box 1, Folder 6Typescript, "The Yazoo pass expedition"
Includes transcript of Edward W. Clark's letter to his father, 3 Feb 1863

Box 1, Folder 7Newspaper clippings: obituary of Edward W. Clark and religious poetry (mounted)
Box 1, Folder 8Photographs of Hiram Clark, Susan (Reed) Clark, and her brother Dr. James A. Reed
Box 1, Folder 9Sketch books (2) of George H. Clark containing charcoal drawings of Brighton and New England
Box 1, Folder 10Photograph album, unidentified
Series III: Medals
Box 2, Folder 1Palmer National Staff G.A.R., 1892
Box 2, Folder 2U.V.U., 1861-1865
Box 2, Folder 3H.M.U.V.U
Box 2, Folder 4Eagle on red enamel "gold" pin
Box 2, Folder 5-6Eagle with crossed cannons
Box 2, Folder 7"New York Day" 1862-1893; Veteran Gettysburg July 1, 2, 3, 1893
Box 2, Folder 8Boston G.A.R. Beans, 1890
Box 2, Folder 9Monroe County Civil War Veterans Association 1911; Second Annual Reunion Seneca Park, July 29, 1911
Box 2, Folder 10-11Grand Army of the Republic 1861 Veteran, 1866
Box 2, Folder 12G.A.R. Dept. of New York Detroit, 1891
Box 2, Folder 13July 1, 2, 3 1863 Gettysburg Veteran 1863 1893 (verso) Dedication of State Monuments at Gettysburg July 1, 2, 3 1893, New York Day
Box 2, Folder 14-1545th National Encampment; 1911; Rochester New York 26th National Encampment; Union Veterans Union August 21 to 26; U.V.U. 1861 1865


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