b. 24/07/1828 Pennsylvania. d. 09/01/1916 North Mankato, Minnesota.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 15/02/1863 Nolensville, Tennessee.
William Andrews Clark was born in Pennsylvania. By time the Civil War started, William had moved to Shelbyville, Minnesota. When William Clark enlisted in 1861, Shelbyville, Minnesota, was at the height of its days as a town. As the railroad moved through Shelby Township (named after Shelbyville, Indiana) the
townsfolk moved 2 miles north to form the town of Amboy. By 1881, Shelbyville was completely deserted.
William enlisted with Company H, 2d Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment, on July 15, 1861. On Dec 17, 1863, he re-enlisted and continued to fight for the Minnesota 2d until he was discharged as a Sergeant on July 1, 1865, with the rest of his company. William’s recommendation for The Medal of Honor was for his part in the defense of a wagon train near Nolensville, Tennessee, on February 15, 1863. He was one of 16 men who repelled the attack of the 125th Calvary (confederate), and saved the wagon train.
William was awarded the Medal of Honor on September 11, 1887, over 24 years after he bravely faced the 125th Calvary. After being discharged from the army, William married Lorana Keene (1826-1908) in 1866. They had 2 children: a son William G Clark (1867-1937) and a daughter Minnie Clarrie (Clark) Dalh (1877-1947). While William G never married, Minnie married Albin Dahl and had 11 children. William and his family lived in the Nicollet Co area of Minnesota near Kerns. William died January 9, 1916, and was buried in Hebron Cemetery, Nicollet County, Minnesota.
Was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, rupulsed the attack and saved the train.
BURIAL LOCATION: HEBRON CEMETERY, NICOLLET, MINNESOTA.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.