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Cave Clarke Deering Helm Litton McNeilly Reed Richardson

Obituary of Wm. Logan Clarke, Nashville, Tennessee.

Confederate Comradeship sustained sad loss in the death of Col. William Logan Clarke. It occurred at Nashville, January 19th. Col. Clark[e] was widely known and popular. A native Kentuckian, he served in the Orphan brigade, and commanded, much of the time, the Sixth Regiment. He distinguished himself at Shiloh, at Vicksburg and at Baton Rouge. In the latter he was severely wounded. He left a sick bed to fight at Murfreesboro, and was complimented in orders by Colonels Lewis, Cofer, and Gen. Gibson. At "Rocky Face," at Dalton, and at Resaca, he was a hero with his men. On the morning of day that the Dallas battle took place, while lying down, after a nights command of Brigade skirmishers, his left arm was shattered.

Col. Clarke was of the best families in Kentucky, and was closely intimate with Gen. Ben Hardin Helm. He married a daughter of Maj. Thomas Helm of Glasgow, Ky. His wife and six children survive him.

The funeral was conducted by Rev. R. C. Reed, pastor of the Woodland Street Presbyterian Church, of which he was an efficient member, by Elder R. Lin Cave who was many times wounded comrade, and Rev. J. H. McNeilly, whose experience as a Confederate has had prominence in the Veteran. The services were pathetic and worthy the occassion.

At the burial, Gen. W. H. Jackson read the service after a brief, appropriate mention that after the last burial by the Bivouac, that of comrade Dr. N. D. Richardson a few weeks before, Colonel Clarke read parts of the service to his son Walter, as he wanted to impress him with its beauty and appropriateness. Rev. Dr. Blair, Chaplain, concluded the service with prayer. Col. Clarke and Mr. Isaac Litton, whose death was reported in the last Veteran, were the First and Second Vice Presidents respectively of the Frank Cheatham Bivouc.

Col. Clarke as a business man was hardly second to his career as a soldier. For some years after the war he was associated with the venerable J. S. Lithgow in Louisville, and subsequently took an important place with the largest manufacturing establishment in Tennessee, if not the South. He procured and held the ardent devotion of his business associates. His patriotic zeal for the great cause of the Veteran was unceasing. The first speech ever reported in it was by him. It was to his old Brigade, at Hanson's, and this was its concluding sentence ....

"If I had nothing else to bequath my children, my service and connection with this old brigade would be sufficient heritage."

In one of the darkest days of the Veteran at a reunion of Kentuckians in Versailles, Col. Clarke and Rev. Jno. R. Deering were of its most heroic advocates, and it will honor both to the Judgement Day.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1895.

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