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Thought He Was Killed

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In 1861, when the first cali to arms carne, a 14-year oíd, tow-headed boy of this city enlisted in Co. H, 8th Michigan infantry. Being sturdy and large for his age, he was accepted, and marched to the war. For three years he performed all duties required, participating in many hard fought battles. A.t the battle of the Wildernes8, a rebel ounce ball struck him in the neck on the right side, passing upward, shattered and lodged in the lower jaw on the left side. He was left on the battle-field tor dead, and did not regain consciousness until he found himself in the hospital at Fredricksburg. As soon as he was able to ride he carne to Ann Arbor where he remained until he was able to join his regiment, which he did at Petersburg, when he was commissioned lieutenant. Remaining with his regiment until the close of the war he was mustered out in March, 1865, captain of his company. He returned to Ann Arbor, where he has since been. He had never attended any of the reunions of his reeiment. and last week, in company with Wm. Bowen, an old comrade, concluded to attend the re union of the old Eighth at Flint, Wednesday, June 13. When the name of Capt Wm. A. Clark, was read in roll cali, to the astonishment of many present who hac thought him dead, that worthy answered to his name. His comrades could hardly believe their senses, and were more gurprised when they learned that all this time he had been living in Ann Arbor, and they had not known it. Capt. Clark was the hero of the hour, and as a memento of the occasion was presented with a solid silver fork stolen from the steamboat " Vanderbilt" that brought the regiment from Hampton Roads to Port Royal in November, '61. One hundred and thirteen veterans were present at the reunión, and it is said that the supper, provided by the ladies and old soldiers of Flint, was 8imply elegant, and the occasion a most joyous one. Capt Clark was elected a member of the executive committee. The next reunión will be held at Lansing.


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