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Federal (USV)


Marcus Morton Parmenter

(1839 - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Massachusetts Sharpshooters, First Company

Before Antietam

"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.

On the Campaign

He was killed in action on 17 September 1862 "reportedly from head and stomach wounds, likely from a friendly fire incident."

The rest of the War

He was not identified on the field and may have been buried as an unknown at the Antietam National Cemetery.

References & 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.


05/02/1839; Princeton, MA


09/17/1862 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]