Lewis C. Parmelee(1842 - 1862)
Home State: Connecticut
Command Billet: Regimental Adjutant
Branch of Service: Sharpshooters
Unit: 2nd United States Sharpshooters
Before the Antietam Campaign:
A veteran of the 7th New York Militia (C. 1859-61), he was appointed First Lieutenat and Adjutant of the 2nd United States Sharpshooters in early 1862 on their initial organization.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was killed in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862:
Adjt. Parmelee was shot while trying to carry off a rebel flag he had seized, fastened to a fence post; but unfortunately for him and others, the rebels were behind the fence, and the gallant adjutant had five bullets put in him.
The remainder of the War:
After the battle ...
As Surgeon Reynolds and myself [Captain Stoughton] were riding along the Sharpsburg pike, arriving at the very place where the adjutant fell, we met a carriage containing a lady. She spoke to us and wanted to be directed to the Second U. S. Sharpshooters, and recognizing our green uniforms, said: "Perhaps you belong to that regiment," to which we replied affirmatively. The lady again : "Do you know where Adjutant Parmelee fell? "We answered: "Yes, ma'am, right there, and the blood stains mark the spot." She continued: "Well, I came from New York on behalf of the lady to whom he was engaged, and who was at my house when the sad intelligence of his death was received." A few days later Chaplain Barber and Capt. Stoughton had nearly reached the same spot when they met a carriage containing four gentlemen, one of whom made similar inquiries as the lady, and proved to be the adjutant's father, who was informed: "Right there is the spot and there he was buried"; he then said he had come to take the body away.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Photo above from one at the US Library of Congress. Service information and the quotes above from Stevens1.
Death Date: 09/17/1862 Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD Burial Place: Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, CT
1 Stevens, Charles Augustus, Berdan's United States Sharpshooters in the Army of the Potomac, 1861-1865, St. Paul (MN): The Price-McGill Company, 1892, pp. 28, 202, 203 [AotW citation 13227]
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