The Boys in Blue; or Heroes of the “Rank and File,” Comprising Incidents and Reminiscences from Camp, Battlefield, and Hospital, with Narratives of the Sacrifice, Suffering, and Triumphs of the Soldiers of the Republic.” By A.H. Hoge, Associate Manager of the northwestern branch of the U.S. Sanitary Commission in Chicago. Printed in New York by E. B. Treat & Co. in 1867. Hardbound, 477 pages recalling Hoge’s experiences on campaign with Grant and Sherman, with various illustrative plates. The binding is very fragile, with some edge wear and a tear through the spine. The first two pages of the book are inscribed “Walt H. Clark. Abingdon, ILL.” Clark’s 1933 obituary reads, “Walter Clark, for many years the publisher of the Abingdon Argus, died Thursday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Alice C. Kieft on Western Avenue in Abingdon. He was prominent for years in business and political circles in Abingdon and widely known in this section of the state. Walter retired from the newspaper about seven years ago. He was the son of Judge Dennis Clark, who was a Knox County judge for 21 years. He was born Feb. 19, 1846 near Abingdon. As a young man, he attended Abingdon College taking a scientific course, graduating in 1866. Later he received an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree. He was admitted to the bar in 1878. He married Mary Adelia Adams of Levenworth, Kansas on 15 June 1868 in Abingdon, Knox County, Illinois and was the father of three daughters, Lottie M. Clark-Hampton, Alice L. Clark-Kieft, and Ada "Adie" Clark. His funeral will be Sunday afternoon at the Christian Church with burial in the Abingdon Cemetery Mausoleum.
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Inventory Number: HIS 135