Monday, November 16, 2015

Annabelle Vorse Clark, Civil War Nurse


    The last of the nurses from Union County, Pa. found in Linda E. Snook’s book is Annabelle Vorse Clark. She was born in Lewisburg  in 1834 to Dr. Isaac Vorse and Elizabeth Reber. She attended the Institute at Lewisburg as did most of the other ladies who served from Union County in the Civil War.  She is listed there in 1856. She volunteered her service in July 1864 according to her first muster roll. She is listed as present in the U.S. General Hospital No. 3 at Nashville, Tenn. She served in this hospital until the end of the war and until all of the men were healed or sent home. She was serving in Tennessee when she was mustered out of service according to the Muster Rolls.

    Annabella met her future husband, Dennis Clark, while serving in the hospitals in Tennessee. He became a widower in 1867 and she married him in 1869 in Lewisburg. They moved to his home in Minisink, N.Y. and her mother went along. In the 1870 Census he was a wealthy farmer. Annabella raised his two children to his first wife but had none of her own. Dennis Clark died Aug. 24, 1893 and is buried in Minisink, N.Y. After he died, she returned to Lewisburg and lived there until she died Sept. 13, 1916. She was 82 years of age.

    She was one of the few nurses who received a pension for her service during the Civil War of $12 a month. The Grand Army of the Republic attended her funeral and played “Taps” which was a great honor for a Civil War nurse. The Daughters of Union Veterans at Mifflinburg has a tent named the Annabella Vorse Clark tent in recognition of her service.


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