Marcus Morton Parmenter(1839 - 1862)
Home State: Massachusetts
Branch of Service: Sharpshooters
Unit: Massachusetts Sharpshooters, First Company
Before the Antietam Campaign:
"On 12 Nov 1849, Marcus was age ten, of Holden, Massachusetts, and was entered into an indenture contract by his father to one Thomas H. Parker, a prominent citizen of Shirley. The agreement specified that in return for board, adequate clothing and eight weeks of yearly schooling, Marcus was indentured as a farm laborer to the Parker family until twenty-one years of age. The 1855 census for Shirley lists Marcus as one of nine residents of the Parker "Valley Farm."
"On 2 May 1860, Marcus was released from his indenture contract and by terms of the agreement received $75 and three suits of clothing".
He was a 22 year old farmer living in Shirley when he enlisted as Private on 10 March 1862.
In the Antietam Campaign:
He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 "reportedly from head and stomach wounds, likely from a friendly fire incident."
The remainder of the War:
He was not identified on the field and may have been buried as an unknown at the Antietam National Cemetery.
References, Sources, and other notes:
Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, with genealogical details - including the quotes above - from Susan Harnwell and contributors at her superb 15th Massachusetts Infantry site.
|Birth Date: 05/02/1839 Place of Birth: Princeton, MA |
Death Date: 09/17/1862 Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD
1 Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pp.†211 - 213 [AotW citation 2718]
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