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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1830

Vol. I

(Born Mo.)

Meriwether L. Clark​1

(Ap'd Mo.)


Meriwether Lewis Clark: Born Jan. 10, 1809.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1825, to July 1, 1830, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1830.

Served: in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1830;​a as Aide-de‑Camp to Bvt. Maj.‑General Gaines, July 22, 1831, to June, 1833; in the "Black Hawk" War, as Col., Staff (Asst. Adjutant-General) of Illinois Volunteers, May 9 to Oct. 11, 1832, being engaged in against the Sac Indians in the Battle of Bad Axe River, Aug. 2, 1832; and in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1833.

Resigned, May 31, 1833.

Civil History. — Architect and Civil Engineer, St. Louis, Mo., 18–––. Member of the House of Representatives of the State of Missouri, 18–––.

Military History. — Served in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48,º in

(Major, Mo. Battalion Volunteer Artillery, July 1, 1846)

command of Battalion of Missouri Volunteers, being engaged in the Combat of Sacramento, Feb. 28, 1847.

Disbanded, June 24, 1847.

Civil History. — U. S. Surveyor-General for the State of Missouri, 1848‑53.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — Commandant of Cadets, and Professor of Higher Mathematics, Kentucky Military Institute, 18–––. Architect of Kentucky State Buildings, 18–––.

Died, Oct. 28, 1881, at Frankfort, Ky.: Aged 72.

Buried, Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.

The Author's Note:

1 Was the son of Governor William Clark, who, with Meriwether Lewis, made an Exploration to Rocky Mountains and Pacific Ocean, 1803‑6.

Thayer's Notes:

a On Oct. 13, 1830, we find him witnessing to the assent of the Yancton and Santie deputations of Sioux to the treaty between the United States and the Sauk and Fox Indians signed earlier that year (First People website).

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was a Missouri State Guard Brigadier-General, then fought in the Confederate artillery ultimately reaching the rank of Colonel.

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