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Edward Clark
EdwardClark
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-1865)
Date of Birth: 1815
Date of Death: 1880
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Politician, Soldier
Spouse: Lucy Long (d. c. 1840)

Martha Melissa Evans

Children: Four
Military Branch: Confederate States Army
Political Party: Democratic Party
Turtledove Appearances:
"Lee at the Alamo"
POD: December 13, 1860
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Edward Clark (April 1, 1815 - May 4, 1880) was an American politician in the mid 19th century in the state of Texas and Confederate soldier during the American Civil War. From 1859 to 1861 he served as the state's lieutenant governor, and succeeded to the governorship on March 18, 1861 when incumbent Governor Sam Houston refused to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederate States of America and thus (according to the state's secession convention, a body of dubious legality) forfeited the office.

Clark was narrowly defeated in a very close election for his own term as governor, losing to Francis Lubbock on November 7, 1861. On leaving the state house, he joined the Confederate States Army as a colonel and became commanding officer of the 14th Texas Volunteer Infantry. He was given a field promotion to brigadier general in 1864 after being wounded in battle.

After the war he briefly fled to Mexico but returned to the US and lived out the rest of his life there.

Edward Clark in "Lee at the Alamo"Edit

On hearing that Texas had joined the Confederate States, Robert E. Lee predicted that the state government would soon oust its unionist governor, Sam Houston, and replace him with the secessionist lieutenant governor, Edward Clark. As long as Houston was governor, Benjamin McCulloch's Texan militia could not claim that its actions were sanctioned by the state government. That would change with Clark in the Governor's Mansion.

Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
Francis R. Lubbock
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
1859–1861
Succeeded by
John McClannahan Crockett
Preceded by
Sam Houston
Governor of Texas
1861
Succeeded by
Francis R. Lubbock

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