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Clark W. Decker - Civil War Documents

These documents were received from Denis C. Woltemate, and are for the Clark W. Decker whose biography is posted here.

Letters are in PDF format and will open in a new window.

Document 1


To all whom it may Concern:

[handwritten:  Paid N.Y. King P.M. USA]

Know ye, That Clark W. Decker

A Lieutenant of Captain Henry Bowen’s

Company, (B,) Eighth Regiment of Michigan Cavalry

Volunteers, who was enrolled on the Eighth day of November

One thousand eight hundred and Sixty Three to serve Three years or

during the war, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States

this Twenty Second day of September, 1865, at Nashville

Tennessee by reason of [??] mustered out in accordance with SO no 57 [??] Dept from Aug 31st 1865

(No objection to his being re=enlisted is known to exist.*)


Said Clark W. Decker was born in Lenawee Co

In the State of Michigan, is Twenty Five years of age,

Five feet Five inches high, Fair complexion, Gray eyes,

Dark hair, and by occupation when enrolled, a Mechanic.


Given at Nashville Tenn this Twenty Second day of

September 1865


[illegible signature]

Capt 88 Ill Infantry

Commanding the Reg’t

And A.C.M. 2nd Div 4th A.C.


*This sentence will be erased should there be anything

In the conduct or physical condition of the soldier

rendering him unfit for the Army.

Document 2




TOWN OF Adrian



I, Clark W. Decker, born in Lenawee Co

in the State of Michigan aged 25 years,

and by occupation a Carpenter Do HEREBY ACKNOWLEDGE to have

volunteered this Twenty Fourth day of Oct 1863,

to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America, for the period of THREE

YEARS, unless sooner discharged by proper authority:  Do also agree to accept such

bounty pay, rations, and clothing, as are, or may be, established by law for volunteers.  And

I, C. W. Decker do solemnly swear, that I will bear true faith

and allegiance to the United States of America, and that I will serve them

honestly and faithfully against all their enemies or opposers whomsoever; and that I will

observe and obey the orders of the President of the United States, and the orders of the

officers appointed over me, according to the Rules and Articles of war.  Clark W. Decker


Sworn and subscribed to, at [??]

this 24th day of Oct 1863


A S Cook Notary Public [??} for Barry Co Mich


I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have carefully examined the above named volunteer, agreeably to

the General Regulations of the Army, and that in my opinion he is free from all bodily defects and mental

infirmity, which would, in any way, disqualify him from performing the duties of a soldier.




I CERTIFY, ON HONOR, That I have minutely inspected the Volunteer, C. W. Decker

previously to his enlistment, and that he was entirely sober when enlisted; that, to the best of my

judgment and belief, he is of lawful age; and that, in accepting him as duly qualified to perform the duties

of an able-bodied soldier, I have strictly observed the Regulations which govern the recruiting service.

This soldier has Gray eyes Brown hair, Dark complexion, is 5 feet 5 1/2 inches high.


11th Regiment of Michigan Volunteers (Infantry) [crossed out] Cavalry


Document 3




I, Clark W. Decker desiring

to volunteer as a Soldier in the Army of the United States, for the term of THREE YEARS,

Do declare, That I am 25 years and six months

of age; that I have never been discharged from the United States service on account of disability or by

sentence of a court-martial, or by order before the expiration of a term of enlistment; and I know of

no impediment to my serving honestly and faithfully as a soldier for three years.  C. W. Decker


Given at Kalamazoo

The 24th day of Oct 1863

Witness Henry L. Cole?


[Rotated 90 degrees]


No. ____


C. W. Decker

Volunteered at Kalamazoo

Oct 24th 1863

By H Bowen

11th Regiment of Cavalry




Congressional District in which Recruit was enrolled for draft & credited:  1st

Township or Ward in which he was enrolled for draft and credited:  Lenawee

County where he was enrolled for draft and credited:  Adrian


Aliens and Unenrolled Men – Where Credited.


Congressional District ____

County ___

Township or Ward of City ____


[End Rotated 90 degrees]




[Section not completed – not relevant]

Document 4


Head [??] 11th Mich Cav Co H

Pulaski Tenn.  14th July 186[5?]




I have the honor to tender my resignation

2nd Leut of Co H 11 Mich Cav for the following

[rea]sons.  [Viz?]


The war being now at an end.  I

[con]sider that my services are no longer needed by

[the] government.


I have the honor to be [Sir?]

Most Respectfully

Your Obedient Servant

Clark W Decker

2nd Lieut Co H 11 Mich Cav

Document 5


Head [??] 11 Mich Cav

Pulaski Tenn 14 July 186[5?]


Decker Clark  W 2nd Lieut Co H 11 Mich Cav


Tender his resignation giving



Head [??] 11 Mich Cav

Pulaski Tenn 14 July 1865


Approved @ Respectfully



[Also contains section with hand-written columns of numbers – words difficult to interpret.  One says “Money”]

Document 6


Head [??] 8th Mich Cav Co “B”

Pulaski Tenn 2nd Aug 1865


I certify on honor that I was in command

of Co “L” 11 Mich Cav. rrom the 26th day of March 1865

to the 3rd day of June 1865.  By virtue of Special Order

No. 3 Ex [8?] Hd [??] 11th Mich Cav.  In the field dated

26th Mar 1863.  Lt Col. Charles E Smith Comdg.


C. W. Decker

2nd Lieut Co “B” 8th Mich Cav

Late Co “H” 11th Mich Cav

Document 7


[first line ??]

Pulaski Tenn Sept 7th 1865


Special Order No


In Obedience from [??]

From Dept [??] Lt. C W Decker 8th Mich Vol

Cav will proceed to Nashville Tenn in Charge of

[??] now confirmed [in Michigan?] [??] at this place and

Deliver there to [??] Marshal [Gen’l?] Nashville Tenn?

O W Dept will furnish transportation


By Comd of

Elesha Mix?

[signature lines difficult to determine]



[in red, lower left corner]


Lt C W Decker

8 Mich Vol Cav



March 6, 2012