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Federal (USV)


Warham Parks

(1840 - 1899)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 3rd Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He was raised in Summit, Waukesha County from 1847. He enlisted in Company K, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry in April 1861 and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant 13 June. He was promoted First Lieutenant, Company C on 12 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was appointed Captain, Company K to date from 12 August 1862. Promoted again, to Major, on 4 December 1863. He was again wounded, in action at Argyle Island, SC 17 December 1864. He was honored by brevet to Lieutenant Colonel, US Volunteers on 13 March 1865 and mustered out with the Regiment on 18 July 1865.

After the War

He studied the Law and was admitted to the bar at Waukesha 20 March 1867. He practiced at Oconomowoc for the rest of his life. He was also Postmaster at Oconomowoc in the administrations of Grant, Hayes, Arthur, and Harrison. He was appointed a judge of the 13th Circuit in April 1895.

References & notes

Basic information from Bryant1. Details from his death notice in Proceedings of the State Bar Association of Wisconsin, Volume 3 (1901) and Memoirs of Milwaukee County (1909). His gravesite is on Findagrave. He was the grandson of Major (General?) Warham Parks (1752-1801), Revolutionary soldier of Massachusetts. His father was Rufus (1798-1878).


11/05/1840; Milwaukee, WI


08/24/1899; Oconomowoc, WI; burial in La Belle Cemetery, Oconomowoc, WI


1   Bryant, Edwin Eustace, History of the Third Regiment of Wisconsin Veteran Volunteer Infantry 1861-1865, Madison: Arthur H Clark Co. for the Veteran Association of the Regiment, 1891, pp. 407 - 409, 412, 441  [AotW citation 15144]