Clark Hinkley is my maternal great grandfather. His parents were Abijah and Eliza Hinkley. The year of his birth is confusing since official records conflict with each other. For example, an 1880 census lists him as 37 years old, which would make his year of birth 1843. A muster roll for the Civil War shows his age as 19 in 1861, also putting his birth year at 1842, which could just indicate a difference of a month or so compared to the census. His headstone lists his date of birth as July 14, 1845. Whatever his age, Clark Hinkley lived quite a life!
Confirming dates is a challenge for me when it comes to many of the people in the 1800s. Perhaps part of the learning curve, or perhaps a lack of records.
Documents indicate that Clark enlisted in the Army in November, 1861 and was mustered into Service in January, 1862. He entered as a Private in the 182 NY Infantry, in the B Company. The regiment joined with the Van Buren Light Infantry and the Calcium Light Infantry. They served at and near our nation’s capital in the Army of the Potomac, Cooper’s Brigade. They fought in the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, Antietam, Winchester, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, among others. The image attached to this post is the memorial for the NY Infantry 102nd that stands at Gettysburg.
In pursuit of Lee’s retreating army they went into Tennessee and saw action in the famous Battle on Lookout Mountain. The 102nd was with General Sherman throughout his Atlanta Campaign, and saw many battles, then shared in the siege of Savannah. They were additionally engaged in the Carolinas and Raleigh during the final campaign. They were in seven states and over 40 battles throughout the War. The regiment belonged to the gallant White Star Division commanded by General Geary, who said, “It may safely be asserted that no organization in the army has a prouder record, or has passed through more arduous, varied and blood campaigns”. Clark Hinkley was present throughout all of these battles!
The 102nd NY Infantry mustered out in July, 1865, at the end of the war and Clark returned home. The following year, in 1866, he married Laura Ann Dice. They had six children, including my grandfather, Edward Hinkley.
Clark Hinkley died on August 10, 1901 and is buried at the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor, New York.
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