|Birth: ||Nov. 5, 1843|
|Death: ||Nov. 30, 1864|
U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 about Mervin Clark
Name: Mervin Clark
Age at enlistment: 17
Enlistment Date: 20 Jun 1861
Rank at enlistment: 1st Sergeant
State Served: Ohio
Survived the War?: No
Service Record: Commissioned an officer in Company B, Ohio 7th Infantry Regiment on 20 Jun 1861. Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 20 Feb 1862. Promoted to Full Captain on 01 Sep 1862. Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 23 Jul 1862. Promoted to Lt Colonel on 18 Nov 1864. Mustered out on 06 Jul 1864. Commissioned an officer in Company S, Ohio 183rd Infantry Regiment on 18 Nov 1864. Mustered out on 30 Nov 1864 at Franklin, TN.
Birth Date: 5 Nov 1843
Sources: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of OhioRoll of Honor of Ohio SoldiersResearch by John Heseltine
Biography: Clark, Mervin (listed as Marvin in 7th Ohio Infantry Rgt. roster), Nov. 5, 1843 born at Cleveland, Ohio, son of Mervin and Caroline Guptil Clark; Nov. 30, 1864 killed at Franklin, Tenn. where when his regiment began to retreat, he seized the colors from the bearer and rushed to the crest of the works, then turned to his men, holding the flag above his head and begged them to come back. They did go back, but found Clark dead and buried in Stones River National Cemetery at Murfreesboro, Tenn. Sources: Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio; Roll of Honor of Ohio Soldiers; Scofied, Levi T., "The Retreat from Pulaski to Nashville, Tenn. Battle of Franklin, Tenn."
Entered the service April 22nd, 1861, for 3 months;
June 20th, 1861, for 3 years;
Appointed Sergeant April 22nd, 1861;
Appointed 1st Sergeant June 20th, 1861;
Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant Feb. 20th, 1862;
Promoted to 1st Lieutenant July 21st, 1862;
Promoted to Captain Sept. 1st, 1862;
Mustered out with Company July 6th, 1864.
He served in every engagement that the 7th Ohio participated. After he mustered out he reentered the service Nov. 12th, 1864, as private in the Regular Army;
Immediately appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the 183rd Regiment O. V. I. on Nov. 30th, 1864 his regiment became engaged in the terrible battle of Franklin, Tenn.
The color bearer, having been shot down, Clark seized the colors, called to his men, "who will follow me to take those works?" rushed forward, scaled the parapet of the works and fell dead.
Every effort was made to carry his body from the field, but it was impossible, and the boy officer (22 years old when killed) was wrapped in his blanket and buried on the field of his fame. His body was later removed to Cleveland, Ohio and rests in the Woodland Cemetery.
Known engagements: Cross Lanes, W. Va.; Winchester, Va., Cedar Mt., Va., Chancellorsville, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., Wauhatchie, Tenn., Lookout Mt., Tenn., Missionary Ridge, Tenn., Ringgold, Ga., Tunnel Hill/Buzzards Roost, Ga., Dug Gap, Ga., Resaca, Ga., Cassville, Ga., Dallas, Ga., New Hope Church, Ga., Pumpkin Vine Creek, Ga.
Plot: Section 12 Lot 26
Maintained by: Ancestral Sleuth
Originally Created by: Bev
Record added: Jan 20, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10349819