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Federal (USV)


Otto William Parisen, Jr.

(1825 - 1870)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th New York Infantry

Before Antietam

He had been a Private in Company F, 1st New York Volunteers during the Mexican War (1846-47). He made a living in New York as a dancing master and later, a bookkeeper. He was a "pioneer" baseball player and a member of the New York Knickerbockers during the 1850s. He also served in the Highwood Guard militia company of Hoboken, NJ before the War. At age 35 he enrolled April 23, 1861 at New York City and mustered in as Captain, Company C, 9th New York Infantry on May 1, 1861. He was discharged to date from August 10, 1862 [but apparently present in command of Company C at Antietam].

On the Campaign

In his Report Colonel Kimball mentions that, on 16 September, he "immediately threw forward company C, Capt. Parisen, to act as picket guard and skirmishers, which duty was most admirably performed, our pickets frequently engaging the enemy's sharpshooters during the night and keeping them at bay." Captain Parisen was wounded in the knee in action on the 17th.

The rest of the War

He re-mustered in as regimental quartermaster, to date from October 4,1862; mustered out with regiment, May 20, 1863. He enrolled in the 122nd New York Infantry at Sandusky, OH and mustered in as First Lieutenant, Company F, February 22, 1864. He saw service at Johnson's Island and mustered out with the Company June 23, 1865 at Washington, DC.

References & notes

Service data from State of New York1. Baseball information and other details from George B. Kirsch, Baseball in Blue and Gray: The National Pastime during the Civil War (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003), pg. 31 and Peter Morris et al, Base Ball Founders: The Clubs, Players and Cities... (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2013). Life dates from his gravesite on Findagrave.




1/28/1870; Hoboken, NJ; burial in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 18 (for the year 1899), pg. 734; Issue 36 (for the year 1903), pg. 305  [AotW citation 12614]