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W.W. Parker
W.W. Parker

Confederate (CSA)


William Watts Parker

(1824 - 1899)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Battery Commander
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: Parker's Richmond (VA) Battery


Before the Antietam Campaign:
"He attended school in Richmond and graduated from the Richmond Medical College in 1848. For more than a decade he practiced his profession in Richmond, interrupting it in 1854-55 for a tour of the hospitals of England and France. At the beginning of the Civil War he was mustered into service as second lieutenant in the Virginia Life Guard, a unit later designated Company B, 15th Virginia Infantry, and served with it in the Peninsular campaign."

"In the spring of 1862 he organized Parker's Battery, leading it through the Valley campaign ..."
(from Watts)

The remainder of the War:
He led his battery through the campaigns of the ANV and was promoted to Major shortly before the surrender at Appomattox CH in April 1865.

After the War:
He returned to the practice of medicine in Richmond. He was a charter member of the Medical Society of Virginia, and was elected its president in 1890.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Source: Watts On-line, family geneology newsletter, Issue 18, 3/7/1997. The photograph above is from one published by Krick1, credited courtesy of Nellie Parker Henson.

Birth Date: 5/5/1824    Place of Birth: Port Royal, VA    
College: Richmond Medical College    Graduating Year: 1848    
Death Date: 8/4/1899    Death Place: Richmond, VA    Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA


1   Krick, Robert K., Parker's Virginia Battery, C.S.A., Berryville: Virginia Book Company, 1975, pg. 147  [AotW citation 958]

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