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    Important Civil War Archive of Lt. Col. C. S. Clark, 9th Kansas Cavalry, detailing Action on the Kansas/Missouri Border and the Hunt for Infamous Confederate Guerilla William Quantrill. A region that saw some of the most vicious personal combat of the war, from which little primary source material exists. Charles Spencer Clark was commissioned into the 9th Kansas Cav. on June 2, 1862 and mustered out at Devil's Bluff, Ark. Jan. 16, 1865. The group includes the following: Clark's personal Bible, London 1852, accompanied by an old ink script note, "C. S. Clark Bible carried thru Civil War", 4" X 6 ½", embossed Moroccan leather with brass edge binding and clasp, in fine condition. Signed and dated by Clark at several places in the front including "C. S. Clark Quindaro Kansas Aug. 13th 1857."; Clark's Civil War period brass stencil, 1¼" X 2½", "C. S. Clark 9th K. V. C." and a star. Perfect condition and the first Kansas stencil we've seen; Clark's commission dated Jan. 2, 1862 as "Lt. Col. First Battalion of Kansas Volunteers" signed by Charles Richardson as governor. Folio, 9" X 11¼", excellent condition missing one small piece at upper left; two nearly identical manuscript letters, one dated March 5 the other March 7, both headed Leavenworth, Ks. To Sec. of War E. M. Stanton concerning back pay for members of the 9th Kansas Cav. In making his case Clark states the "In the Fall of '61 Southern Kansas was overrun by rebel Desperadoes, Humboldt, a flourishing town on the Neosho River was sacked and burned and the country below lain waste. It became necessary to have a Military Force to drive these Marauders out of the country" and outlines the formation of that force that became the 9th Kansas. Both letters bright and crisp, pristine condition, 7½" X 9¾"; a Manual of Outpost and Patrol Duty, war Dept. March 25, 1862, 5" X 7½" and a 6 pp. set of printed orders, Ft. Leavenworth April 30, 1863, detailing the results of a court martial over which Clark presided, both pieces excellent; and two "Consolidated Morning Reports" one dated Aug 31, the other Sept 10, 1863, for Troops on the Border in Miami & Linn Cos. At Aubrey, Ks., Bates, Cass and pert of Vernon Co, Mo.", with detailed list of personnel at all of these specific locations. Both issued from Cold Water Grove, Kansas and both in perfect condition. 7½" X 25" when unfolded.

    Also: Clark's eagle masthead discharge dated Jan 16, 1865, perfect condition; 7½" X 9¾" 1 p. manuscript letter from Clark dated Sept. 3, 1863 from Cold Water Grove, Ks. With "Instructions to commanders of Station in the line between Kansas & Missouri from Trading Post Kansas to Kansas City..." Includes details of schedules etc. and procedures for reporting from one way station to another. Pristine condition; 9" X 10" manuscript order to Clark dated Sept 21, 1863 with instructions for dealing with "Contraband horses"; two manuscript orders, both folio 8" X 10", with detailed instructions to Clark on where to post specific units along the Kansas/Missouri border to "restore quiet and security to the citizens in that section of Kansas" Both pristine and important documents; obviously hastily written report from Clark headed "Spring Hill, Kans. Aug 21st 1863 12 A. M." stating "We have just come into this place. The rebels passed through Gardener 11 P. M. last night - Coleman is about 8 hours behind them." and provides detailed instructions for the disposition of troops to pursue the rebels, perfect condition; manuscript 7¾" X 10" letter to Clark signed by Brig. Gen. Thomas Ewing dated Sept 3, 1863 advising Clark on the activities of scouting parties under his command, stating "I have reliable information that Quantrill is reassembling his forces on the Sni. Advise your posts of the fact....do not organize any expedition for operations far away from the line at present". With detailed instructions for troop dispositions to "protect the line from a sudden raid". Excellent condition, important document; 8" X 12½" front and back manuscript letter to Clark from Capt. C. F. Coleman, headed "Camp of 9th Kansas Cavalry near Little Rock, Ark. October 12th 1864". Describes fighting in four engagements including grisly detailed accounts of wounds suffered by men under his command, reporting that he was "victorious in every engagement". Excellent condition, great letter; and finally an 8" X 12¼" 23 p. manuscript journal/retained letter book kept by Clark in the field covering the period from Aug 13 to Sept. 22, 1863. Remarkable content including a detailed map of stations and towns on the border patrolled by Clark's troops. Sept 4 entry stating "It is reported that Quantrill is collecting his forces again for another demonstration somewhere." A wealth of unique primary source information detailing operations on the Kansas/Missouri border. Toning and stains on the first page otherwise perfect. A very important group of unique Civil War manuscript material.


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    November, 2008
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