b. 22/09/1842 Philadephia, Pennsylvania. d. 15/08/1922 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 12/05/1864 Spotsylvania, Virginia.
Clausen was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 22 September 1842. He enlisted into the 17th Pennsylvania Infantry. While in this unit he was involved in battles at Washington DC and along the Potomac in Virginia. After the expiration of the three-month service in the 17th Infantry he mustered into 61st Pennsylvania Infantry on 21 August 1861 as First Sergeant. He was later promoted to First Sergeant. While serving in this capacity he was involved in the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in Virginia. It was during this battle that he performed the act of gallantry that earned him the Medal of Honor. He was wounded during this battle but returned to his battalion as captain and then commander in October 1864. On 10 February 1865 he eventually resigned from active service due to his injuries.
Although severely wounded, he led the regiment against the enemy, under a terrific fire, and saved a battery from capture.
BURIAL LOCATION: MOUNT PEACE CEMETERY, PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.
SECTION G, LOT 99, GRAVE 4
LOCATION OF MEDAL: BELIEVED TO BE FAMILY.