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CLARY, Robert Emmet, soldier, born in Ashfield, Massachusetts, 21 March, 1805. He was graduated at the United States military academy in 1828, was assigned to the 5th infantry, and served on frontier duty till 7 July, 1838, when he was made assistant quartermaster, with the rank of captain. He became captain on 3 April, 1839, served in the Florida war of 1840-'1, and at various posts till the civil war. He was chief quartermaster of the department of West Virginia from November, 1861, till July, 1862, of the Army of Virginia to October, 1862, and of the department of the northwest till 20 March, 1863. He was made colonel on the staff and additional aide-de-camp, 5 July, 1862, and was in charge of the Memphis military depot from 1864 till 1866. On 13 March, 1865, he was brevetted brigadier-general for his services during the war. He was made assistant quartermaster-general on 29 July, 1866, and served as depot quartermaster at Boston, Massachusetts, from 1867 till 1869. On 22 February of that year he was retired, being over sixty-two years of age.
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