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Obituary of James E. Clarke, Cumberland County, Virginia.

James E. Clarke, one of Cumberland County's oldest and most highly esteemed citizens, passed away at his home, in Sunny Side, Va., on the 29th of July, 1914. He was the son of Thomas P. and Anne Palmore Clarke. He was born April 27, 1840, and his early education was under the best private tutors of the day. He entered the senior class at Emory and Henry College, Virginia, in 1860, to fit himself for the medical profession; but in answer to the first call of his country, in 1861, he joined Company G, 44th Virginia Infantry, and remained with that command until ill health disqualified him for that arm of the service. He was then transferred to Company G, 3d Virginia Cavalry, under Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, and joined that command at the White House. He remained with that company all through the trying scenes of a cavalryman's experiences until April 1, 1865, when he was captured in the sharpshooters' line at Five Forks, Dinwiddie County, Va., and was taken to Point Lookout as a prisoner of war. He was discharged in June, 1865, after four years in the service of his country as a gallant, faithful, and courageous soldier.

Comrade Clarke was an active and earnest worker in his Church, and as a prominent citizen he took part in all movements pertaining to the uplift of his fellow men. In his home the strength and beauty of his life and character were expresed in greatest fullness. As husband and father he was the embodiment of the highest ideals. He is survived by his wife and tenn children.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1915.

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