Remembering Quartermaster John W. Clarke of the Fifteenth Kentucky
John Clarke, a stationer who was one of the organizers of the Union Club of Louisville, was appointed the first quartermaster of the Fifteenth Kentucky by Curran Pope on September 16, 1861. Clarke’s loyalty was briefly questioned in early 1862 after the advance on Bowling Green; Colonel Pope defended Clarke, and the matter was dropped. Clarke resigned February 10, 1863, for medical reasons, suffering from chronic nephritis. Clark was born in 1820 and died in Louisville in 1896. He is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.