For a soldier wounded in the battle of Spotsylvania, Va.
6 1/2 x 2 1/2, imprinted form filled out in ink.
$14- Franklin, Jany. 3d, 1862
Received of the selectmen of the town of Franklin, Vermont, Fourteen dollars, the same being two month's "Extra pay" due to Clark Clapper, a soldier now in the service of the United States in Company K, 6th Regiment Vermont Volunteers. Pay up to Dec. 15, 1861. Mickel Clapper.
This Order Is To Be Signed By A Member of the Soldier's Family, and to held by the Selectmen until called for.
Clark Clapper, was a resident of Franklin, Vermont, when he enlisted as a corporal on October 16, 1861, and was mustered into Co. K, 6th Vermont Infantry. He was wounded on May 10, 1864, in the battle of Spotsylvania, Va. He mustered out of the Union army on June 26, 1865, with the rank of sergeant.
The hard fighting 6th Vermont Infantry, was part of the famous "Vermont Brigade." The regiment received its "baptism of fire" during the Peninsular campaign in the spring of 1862, at Lee's Mills, Va., where they crossed Warwick Creek, through water up to their waist, under a severe and galling fire, and attacked the enemy's works. During this action the regiment lost 23 killed, and 57 wounded. They also fought in the battles of Williamsburg, Golding's Farm, Savage's Station, where the regiment lost 21 killed, and 54 wounded and missing, White Oak Swamp, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, where they captured 250 Rebel prisoners, Gettysburg, Funkstown, Md., Rappahannock Station, the Mine Run campaign, the Wilderness, where out of the 441 men that went into the battle, 69 were killed, and 127 wounded, thus losing almost half of their strength, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Ream's Station, Fort Stevens, Charlestown, W.V., Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, and Sailor's Creek.