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.

Portrait of Charles Clark

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

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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 October 5, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 5, 2022

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