Rare find reveals soldier's view of Utah in 1860
As a collector of Antietam relics, especially photographs, I was delighted to
see these letters of Captain Clark come to life. I envy you! The photo of
Clark, as colonel, with his cane, is one I'd love to add to my collection.
If the author would like to drop me a line I can share my photo of Clark with
him, as well as information about the wounds he received at Antietam. Best
My grandmother was a Clark and I just spent hours over the last several days
entering part of the Clark genealogy into a website. Joseph Claypoole Clark, Jr.
was my 4th great-uncle. I am descended from his brother James Coppuck Clark.
They are both descended from Thomas Clark who arrived in Burlington, NJ around
1680. Colonel Clark is buried in Mt. Holly, NJ. (Just today I entered the fact
that his headstone states he served as a Brevet Colonel during the Civil
War.)I feel very proud to be related to this man and very much
anticipate reading the book.
Brevet Colonel Joseph Claypoole Clark, 1825-1906, are descended from the same
forbear, Joseph Claypoole, 1677-c1740. of London, England and Pennsylvania, Pa.
I'm aware of a direct descendant of Col. Clark and will let him know about these
There has been some recent renewal in Camp Floyd. I would suggest anyone who is
interested in it to contact the city of Fairfield, Utah and ask about the
Friends of Camp Floyd organization.
just remember you guys have to go back that way and your missionaries have to
come through our hood , so be good!
first Utah second!
Reading his letters have given me some comfort; like that time the country was
split and the future was uncertain, so it is today. This country paid a high
price from the war and I believe this country will also survive this uncertainty
as far as i know ..your brother brigham begged for his squallor people
throughout the trek..but you guys try to make it like you kicked butt when you
got kicked out!! and i live the truth..nice or not..now get a grip or a life
because your momma can't back you.
sounds like your momma is obama!!
A warm thank you to Joseph, Vern, Amy Joi and others for sharing this treasure.
Words of true patriots are always inspiring. And the glow of virtuous family
history is reassuring, uplifting and heart-warming. We look forward to the
What a treasure to find these letters and so many of them. These are the amazing
people who have such strength of character to serve our country and the
wonderful families who supported them. Thank you for sharing them.
Hi everyone I thought I would share this from one of Josephs lettersFort CrittendenApril 22nd 1861"Dear Mary Your letter
of March 23 was received yesterday-we also received a pony dispatch yesterday
with the account of the attack upon and surrender of Fort Sumter. I felt some
what mortified that our government should be so weak as to allow one of its
strongest fortifications to fall so easily into the hands of its enemies. I am
satisfied that the American Union has begun to cease to exist. Our people have
not virtue pure enough to govern themselves. A desire for office and a share of
the public plunder is too great leading men to sacrifice their country for their
Thanks for a wonderful story. The full name of the officer involved was Joseph
Claypoole Clark, Jr., and the photo shows him wearing the uniform of a full
colonel, his brevet rank after March 13, 1865. When he was in Utah -- not for
the Utah War itself but for its aftermath (a sort of "Reconstruction" period) --
he was a 1st lieutenant in the Fourth U.S. Artillery. Clark made captain once
the Civil War began and then received brevet (honorary) appointments as a
major, lieut. col. and col. for bravery and faithful service, retiring in 166
with the permanent grade of major. In his post above "grumpolmaan" asks "what
else is out there ready to be found?" The answer is "lots of similar documents."
Last September 25 I gave the annual Arrington Lecture at Utah State U. in Logan
and titled it "Predicting the Past: The Utah War's Twenty-First Century Future."
In this talk I commented: "I am confident from my own fifity years of research
that indeed they [interesting new letters and diaries as well as photos]
will surface and will do so in quantity, character, and circumstance that will
be truly astonishing." And so they have.
hey wow, listen to yourself nothing if ever of any good comes from your kind of
comments. A mother once said, if you do not have anything good to say, just be
quiet. Think before you speak!
Let's hope ther're not FORGERIES!!!
It is great to see information like this surfacing. There must be a great deal
more hidden somewhere.Clark was a 1st Lieutenant with the 4th
Artillery. The first record of him at Camp Floyd is when he served as Officer of
the Day on 26 August of that year. By that time, the garrison was down to about
500 officers and enlisted men. Prior to Camp Floyd, Clark was apparently at Fort
Laramie. When Camp Floyd was deactivated under Colonel Philip St. George Cooke,
he would have left Utah with remainder of the troops returning to the East for
service in the civil War. Hopefully, his letters relating that trip will soon be
I loved this story!!! I am really fascinated with history, but more so the
people in it. I too hope these letters become the heart of a great book.
immigrants!!! just remember how you got here every step of the way ...don't try
to romantisize it as one day some native american may put a float up in your
days of 47' parade giving the real depiction of how hard it was..bless you guys
and the true strong people you are and may you support that new BIA
superindentent as he will bring honor to your congregation with his
testimony...he has been preparing for this move by the gift of the creator. I
marvel at what has become of this state and church , others may critisize but
the true saints trully lead the way and know the redeemer! Bless you all and I
watch for all your sons and daughters ..continue to teach them well...I'm just
another christian who admires your good works!
Hi hope Mr. DeLong gets the opportunity to visit Utah and see some of these
great landscapes and views witnessed by Mr. Clark. In my opinion Utah is one of
the most beautiful states. - Dave Jennings, Fredericksburg, VA
As a lover of history what a find. Makes you wonder what else is out there ready
to be found.
wonderful information with graphic imagery. I believe that most of our current
"air conditioned" society do not have a real understanding for the task of the
Utah pioneers. Truly "a marvelous work and a wonder" by the "weak and simple."
How does one contact Mr. DeLong to request a first edition of the book?
Great story. I hope these letters become the heart of a great book.