Clark E. Branch

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Clark
Branch
Born Apr. 7, 1836
Mitchell Co. Benavides' Reg.
Died
Apr. 24, 1893
Full Name: Clark E. Branch
Location: Section:Confederate Field, Section 2 (D)
Row:U  Number:34
Reason for Eligibility: Confederate Veteran 
Birth Date: April 7, 1836 
Died: April 24, 1893 
Burial Date:  
Confederate Home Roster Information:
Birth Place: Vermont 
Occupation: Public Officer 
Came To Texas: 1859 
Residence: San Antonio, Texas 
Admitted To Home: May 22, 1890 
Regiment: Benavide's 
Company: Mitchell's 
 
BRANCH, CLARK E. (1836~1893) Clark E. Branch, Confederate veteran, was born in Vermont in 1836, and moved to Texas in 1859.

With the outbreak of the Civil War, Branch enlisted in the Confederate Army and served as a musician in Company C or F of Santos Benavides Texas Cavalry, which was formed from the 33rd Texas Cavalry. After the creation of Benavidesí Cavalry in November of 1863, the regiment spent most of its time in South Texas, where it successfully defended the city of Laredo on March 19, 1864, and provided for a safe passage of Texas cotton through Mexico. Branch and the other soldiers surrendered in New Orleans with General E. Kirby Smith on May 26, 1865, and were taken as prisoners of war. It is believed that they were later released in San Antonio.

After the War, Branch stayed in San Antonio and worked as a public officer. Suffering from paralysis, he entered the Confederate Menís Home in Austin on May 22, 1890, and remained there until his death on April 24, 1893. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery.

Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Record; National Park Service website, http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss; "BENAVIDES, SANTOS." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Fri Aug 15 14:34:23 US/Central 2003].; and Confederate Home Roster.
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