I have ocpied some of the muster rolls for John L, John w. and Richard E Clark.All 3 enlisted Aug 7, 1862 at Eleven Points Mill/Thomasville. John W age, 21, and Richard E, age 19 were in Company B while John L age 39 was in Company D. Wiiliam A Clark, enlisted same place but on Aug 4, 1862. No age is given for him and he is in company D the same as John L. Clark.
Did the soldiers have a choice of which company or were they just put in where they were needed?I don't know much of anything about military unit formations.
I am also interested in the Coxes and Hawkins that enlisted the same day and place. Those are names that my Clarks in Randolph Co, AR are related to.
Re: William H.Dotson/Dodson. His records are sketchy and conflicted. I first find him enlisted in Texas Co MO which is where Richard E Clark said on enlistment papers was where he lived.Dodson appears in Coleman's Regiment, Calvary. He was captured at Thomasville, MO 9/18/64. Sick and wounded at Rock Island, IL died 1/19/65 of acute pneumonia.RE Clark was captured at Fairplay, MO 11/64 and sent to Rock Island, IL 11/21/64.I believe RE Clark and William Dodson knew each other before imprisonment. RE Clark married Dodson's widow in 1867. He had promised Dodson that he would "look after" Dodson's widow and child. Clark is such a common name that I can't get beyond his enlistment in the war. Was hoping to somehow prove a relationship with some of the other Clarks that enlisted that day. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Most of this info comes from p 258 SERVING WITH HONOR and Fold3.