Cluskey was born in Chatham County, Georgia. During the Civil War, he was an assistant quartermaster in the Confederate States Army and eventually rose to the rank of colonel. He was elected to represent Tennessee in the Second Confederate Congress from 1864 to 1865.
He was interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
- National Park Service Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System Film Number M818 roll 6
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