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Federal (USV)


Charles Hannibal Parker

(1839 - 1897)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 21st Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old draftsman (draughtsman) in Ashburnham, MA, he mustered as Private in Company G, 21st Massachusetts Infantry on 19 July 1861. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 28 May 1862 and promoted to First Lieutenant, Company D, to date from 6 September 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot to both legs during the attack on the Lower (Burnside's) Bridge at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

He was in command of his Company in the battle, and after he was wounded and unable to stand, sat down behind his men and still retained his command until too faint from the loss of blood.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the Locust Spring field hospital near Keedysville, MD and then at US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD. He resigned and was discharged for wounds on 2 March 1863.

After the War

He married Abby Jewett Rockwood (1839-1912) in 1864 and by 1887 they were living in Cambridge, MA.

References & notes

Service from Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines 1 and the History,2 source of the quote above. Hospital details from Nelson3 and the Patient List.4 Personal details from E.S. Stearns' History of Ashburnham, Massachusetts (1887) and family genealogists, particularly Theodore Parker in Genealogy and Biographical Notes of John Parker of Lexington and his Descendants (1893). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He and Abby had twin daughters Winnifred and Winona (b. 1867, Ashburnham) and a son, Charles Brand (or Brund) Parker (b. 1871, Chelsea, MA).


03/22/1839; Providence, RI


08/31/1897; Cambridge, MA; burial in New Cemetery, Ashburnham, MA


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, pg. 630  [AotW citation 20737]

2   Walcott, Charles Folsom, History of the Twenty-first Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteers, in the War for the Preservation of the Union, 1861-1865, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1882, pp. 206-207  [AotW citation 20738]

3   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 345  [AotW citation 20739]

4   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #65  [AotW citation 20740]