A bust shot of Clark wearing his forage cap, with signature or ID in pencil on image.
Robert Farley Clark was a 22 year old merchant from Boston, and served in the 24th Mass Infantry with 1st Lt. Francis Ogden, as this image was in the latter’s album. The image was either signed by Clark in pencil on the image or identified by Ogden. If identified by Ogden, it is an unusual place to do so. The photo was taken by Whipple, Boston, this being an upper bust shot taken from the original full standing view.
Captain Clark was commissioned into the 24th Mass Infantry on October 2, 1861, into Company “I,” and he resigned his commission on February 5, 1864. The 24th saw action in North Carolina, New Berne being their largest engagement with heaviest loses, and at Chancellorsville before Clark resigned from the regiment.
After the war Clark was a member of the Boston Police; a commissioner for many years. He was also the founder and first president of the Boston Athletic Association.
Very good condition with some light staining.