G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA
1st MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER ENGINEERS AND MECHANICS
Organized: 9/12/61 Marshall, MI
Mustered In: 10/29/61
Mustered Out: 9/22/65 Nashville, TN
Discharged: 10/11/65 Jackson, MI
The 1st E & M, a three-year organization, proved to be a western theater regiment throughout its period of service. Various companies served in the armies of The Ohio, Tennessee, and The Cumberland in a “who’s who” listing of Federal actions throughout the south.
Functioning as what might be termed a Civil War army version of the U.S. Navy’s WW11 “Fighting Seabees,” the regiment participated in combat while at the same time acting as a construction unit whose tasks included building storehouses, powder magazines, blockhouses and other fortifications, road construction and either tearing up or rebuilding/operating railroads.
Regimental losses were as follows: 1 officer and 12 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded. 351 enlisted men felled by disease. Total: 364.
Residence: Not listed Age: 26.9 yrs.
Enlisted/Enrolled: 12/22/63 Rank: Pvt.
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Seeley H. Clark was born 3/22/36 in Marietta, OH. All that is known about his birth family is that his mother (Matilda) was born in Germany and he had at least one sibling, a sister. The only other insights into his pre war years are that he was 5’10” tall, had gray eyes and black hair, and was a carpenter by trade and, at some point in the mid 1850’s married Caroline Jensen. The couple would produce two children: Harriet (1857), and Ettie (1862). Caroline would die in Coldwater, Michigan around August 1864.
Available pension document proved no details on Private Clark’s period of military service. However, by the time of his passing that service had provided him a $15 government disability pension.
After separation from the military Seeley, perhaps because of the death of his wife, settled not in Michigan, but in St. Charles, MN. Later, he moved back to Michigan where, on 10/6/66, in Winfield, he remarried to Nancy Cleavland. This union would produce six children: Mearry (1868), Meistle (1869), Melvin (1873), Nearst (1876), Gertrude (1878), and Grasce (1880).
The Clarks remained in Winfield until 1906 when, most likely to be near family members, they moved to Everett. It was there, on 4/4/12 the former Union soldier died at the home of his brother in law. The 4/5/12 Everett Daily Herald read, in part, as follows: “Mr. Clark leaves a wife, one son and seven daughters, three of whom are in the East and the others are in the city. Mr. Clark had a stroke of paralysis about fourteen years ago, from which he never fully recovered. Another recent stroke resulted in his death.” Seeley Clark was 76.1 years of age. Nancy Clark died 8/17/18 in Granite Falls, WA. At the time of her death she was receiving $25 per month based on her late husband’s Civil War soldiering.
Buried at Snohomish G.A.R.
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