Benjamin H. “Ben” Clark


Benjamin H. “Ben” Clark

St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 24 Jul 1914 (aged 72)
Canadian County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot #162
Memorial ID 1213 View Source

US Army Scout.

Ben Clark was born in Missouri, where he spent his boyhood. In 1853-6, he went to Fort Bridger, where he entered the government service as post courier. He served in the cavalry during the entire Civil War.

At the close of the war, he was employed by Indian Traders to take charge of their mule trains and freighting through the country. He learned the Indian language and customs, and his advice was eagerly sought by traders and Army officers.

At the beginning of the Indian Wars in 1869, his services were sought for the government. After the Indian troubles subsided, Ben Clark was transferred to Fort Supply, where he served as post guide and interpreter. Later he was sent to Fort Reno, where he lived until his death.

He was called upon many times to guide the Army across the plains and was in several Indian campaigns. He was the favorite scout for General Phil Sheridan. He was known on the plains as "Red Neck", a name given him by the Indians.

On July 24, 1914, Ben Clark committed suicide at age 72 years. Ill health and worry were speculated as the reason. Excerpt from “Burials in the Fort Reno Cemetery 1874-1948”, by Carolyn Barker, privately printed in 1996.

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  • Maintained by: Tommy Neathery
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find a Grave Memorial 1213
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Benjamin H. “Ben” Clark (2 Feb 1842–24 Jul 1914), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1213, citing Fort Reno Post Cemetery, El Reno, Canadian County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Tommy Neathery (contributor 47874331) .