Charles Clark

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Charles Clark was born in Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio, May 24, 1811. He received his education in Kentucky, and moved to Mississippi about 1831, where he taught school for a time. Later a planter and a Whig adherent of Henry Clay, he served in the Mississippi legislature from 1838 to 1844, and during the Mexican War was colonel of the 2nd Mississippi Infantry. Shortly before the Civil War he became a Democrat and was a delegate to the conventions in Charleston and Baltimore in 1860, where he supported John C. Breckinridge for the presidency. He was early appointed brigadier general of state troops, and later major general. After the acceptance of the Mississippi regiments into Confederate service, Clark was appointed brigadier general, May 22, 1861. First wounded at Shiloh, his hip was so badly shattered at Baton Rouge in August 1862 as to necessitate the use of crutches for the rest of his life. Retiring from army service, he was elected governor of Mississippi in 1863, and served until 1865. At the end of the war he was arrested by the Federal authorities and confined in Fort Pulaski for a time. After his release he took up the practice of law and was appointed chancellor of his district in 1876. General Clark died at his plantation, "Doro," in Bolivar County, December 18, 1877, and is buried there.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.