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T.H. Parker

T.H. Parker

Federal (USV)


Thomas H. Parker

(1824 - 1890)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 36 year old cordwainer (shoemaker) in Philadelphia, he enlisted in Upper Merion on 15 September 1861 and mustered as Private, Company I, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 28 September in Harrisburg. He was appointed Corporal, then First Sergeant, dates not given.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 1 January 1864, was appointed regimental Commissary Sergeant, and was commissioned Captain, Company I on 2 December 1864. He mustered out with his Company on 27 July 1865.

After the War

He published History of the 51st regiment of P.V. and V.V., from its organization, at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, Pa., in 1861, to its being mustered out of the United States service at Alexandria, Va., July 27th, 1865 in Philadelphia in 1869. He was a candidate for Postmaster in Norristown at his death of pneumonia in 1890, at age 65.

References & notes

Service information from his own History 1 and the Card File.2 Details from his death notice in the Philadelphia Inquirer of 16 January 1890. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture, from a published photograph contributed by David B. Parker.


03/29/1824; Philadelphia, PA


01/15/1890; Norristown, PA; burial in Norris City Cemetery, Norristown, PA


1   Parker, Thomas H., History of the 51st Regiment of P.V. and V.V. ..., Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers, 1869, pp. 175, 513, 675  [AotW citation 23211]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23212]