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S.B. Parkman
S.B. Parkman

Confederate (CSA)


Samuel Breck Parkman

(1836 - 1862)
Home State: Georgia
Branch of Service: Artillery
Unit: Pulaski (GA) Artillery


Before the Antietam Campaign:
His father - a cotton merchant and bank president in Savannah - and four of his siblings were killed in an explosion aboard the SS Pulaski off the coast of North Carolina in June 1838. He was raised by an aunt, largely in Sing Sing, New York, until attending Harvard beginning in 1853. He read the law and was a practicing attorney in Savannah from 1858 to the War. Enrolled as 2nd Lieutenant, Pulaski Artillery, with commission dated 31 December 1861.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was killed in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Bio details from Report of the Class of 1857 in Harvard College (1882). His death mentioned by General Kershaw in the OR1. The photo of him (c. 1857) is in the Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection, and was published by Helen P. Trimpi in Crimson Confederates: Harvard Men Who Fought for the South (Knoxville: UT Press, 2010).

Birth Date: 11/01/1836    Place of Birth: near Augusta, GA    
College: Harvard College    Graduating Year: 1857    
Death Date: 09/17/1862    Death Place: Sharpsburg, MD    


1   US War Department, The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (OR), 128 vols., Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1880-1901, Series 1, Vol 19, Part 1 (Ser # 27), pp. 862-867   [AotW citation 9708]

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