Portrait of Charles Clark

Charles Clark was one of six generals in the Confederate Army who was born in Ohio. [Wikimedia Commons]

Charles Clark - Facts

May 24, 1811 - December 18, 1877

Key facts about Charles Clark, a brigadier general in the Confederate Army and governor of Mississippi during the American Civil War.

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Full Name:

  • Charles Clark

Birth Date:

  • May 24, 1811

Birth Location:

  • Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio

Parents:

  • James and Charlotte Clark

Education:

  • Augusta College (1831)

Occupation:

  • Schoolteacher
  • lawyer
  • politician
  • military officer

Career Summary:

  • Brigadier General (CSA)
  • Governor of Mississippi

Spouse:

  • Ann Eliza Darden (1835)

Place of Death:

  • Bolivar County, Mississippi

Date of Death:

  • December 18, 1877

Place of Burial:

  • Clark Cemetery, Bolivar County, Mississippi

Significance:

  • Charles Clark was educated in Kentucky.
  • In 1831, Charles Clark graduated from Augusta College, located in Augusta, Kentucky, in Bracken County.
  • Charles Clark moved to Mississippi about 1831, where he taught school and studied law.
  • Charles Clark was a staunch Whig supporter of Henry Clay.
  • Charles Clark served in the Mississippi State Legislature from 1838 to 1844.
  • Charles Clark organized the Thomas Hinds Guards, an infantry company that became a part of the Second Regiment of Mississippi Volunteers during the Mexican-American War.
  • Charles Clark served as Colonel of the Second Mississippi Infantry during the Mexican-American War.
  • Charles Clark was a delegate to the 1851 Mississippi Constitutional Convention.
  • Charles Clark served in the Mississippi State Legislature from 1856 to 1861.
  • Charles Clark became a member of the Democratic Party in 1860.
  • Charles Clark served as a delegate to both 1860 Democratic conventions in Charleston and Baltimore.
  • Charles Clark supported John Cabell Breckinridge for the presidency in 1860.
  • Charles Clark was appointed Brigadier General, and later Major General of Mississippi State Troops.
  • After the acceptance of the Mississippi Regiments into Confederate Service, Charles Clark was appointed brigadier general in the Confederate Army effective May 22, 1861.
  • Charles Clark served as a brigade commander under Brigade in General Albert Sidney in Kentucky
  • Charles Clark was severely wounded in the shoulder at the Battle of Shiloh.
  • Charles Clark served as a division commander at the Battle of Baton Rouge
  • Charles Clark was severely wounded in the hip during the Battle of Baton Rouge, crippling him for the remainder of his life.
  • Charles Clark was elected Governor of Mississippi on October 5, 1863.
  • Charles Clark served as Governor of Mississippi until Federal authorities arrested him on May 22, 1865.
  • Charles Clark was imprisoned in Fort Pulaski, Georgia, but returned to Mississippi upon his release.
  • After his release from prison, Charles Clark returned to practicing law and managing his plantation “Doro” in Bolivar County, Mississippi.
  • In 1876, Charles Clark was appointed chancellor for the fourth judicial district and served on the bench until his death
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  • Article Title Charles Clark - Facts
  • Coverage May 24, 1811 - December 18, 1877
  • Author
  • Keywords brigadier general charles clark, mississippi governor
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 30, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 29, 2021