Short Bios | Temple Clark

Assistant Adjutant General Temple Clark
By Michael A. Peake

Temple Clark was born October 23, 1826, in the Adirondack foothills near Utica, New York. In 1838, the family moved to Wisconsin, and when war erupted with Mexico, 20-year old Temple Clark enlisted in the 2nd Illinois Volunteers at St. Louis and served in the war. He returned to Wisconsin in 1847, and became a lawyer while maintaining a position in the Wisconsin militia. During this period he rose to the prominent position of Major General of the Eighth Division, organized from the counties of Manitowoc, Calumet, Brown and Kewaunee. With the outbreak of rebellion, Clark organized Company “A,” 5th Wisconsin Volunteers.

Clark served as Assistant Adjutant General on General William S. Rosecrans’ staff. He received two wounds during the battle of Iuka and a gunshot through the lungs at the battle of Corinth that was thought to be mortal. He resigned due to disability on July 22, 1863.

The reverse side of this photograph was signed “Faithfully yours, Temple Clark.”

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Assistant Adjutant General Temple Clark
Library of Congress: LC-USZ62-129175