Major Thomas McClurken, 30th., Illinois, Infantry, Field & Staff, Age 32, was a farmer, Enlisted August 28, 1861, at Springfield, Illinois, for 3 years. Mustered in August 28, 1861, at Camp McClernand, Illinois, Remarks Killed at Belmont, Missouri.
Major Thomas McClurken, 30th., Illinois, received at the battle of Belmont, Missouri, November 7, 1861, a gun shot to the head and 3 inches of his skull was shot away, and part of his brain was showing. Died November 15, 1863.
No. 6. Report of Colonel Philip B. Fouke, Thirtieth Illinois Infantry, November 9, 1861.
Major-General, John A. McClernand, had this to say, on November 12, 1861.:
Major Thomas McClurken, an accomplished and efficient officer, whose services were conspicuous on the field, was severely, and I fear mortally, wounded.
No. 40. Report of Captain W. L. Trask, steamer Charm, February 14, 1862.
He is talking about the action of November 7, 1861.
After the troops were landed we began taking on the dead and wounded and some prisoners, among the latter of whom were Major McClurken.
February 23, 1862, Major-General L. Polk, Confederate forces.
This application was based on the fact that I had on a former occasion granted a similar request made of me in behalf of the wives of Colonels Dougherty and McClurken, captured at Belmont, and the assurance of the commanding general at Cairo that he would reciprocate the conrtesy if events should make it desirable.