(1833 - 1868)
Home State: South Carolina
Branch of Service: Infantry
He was a carpenter in Charleston and was elected 3rd Lieutenant of the Meagher Guard, a local militia company, in 1853. He was 2nd Lieutenant by 1861. He then enrolled in Company K, First South Carolina Infantry at its organization in Charleston on 25 June 1861 and was commissioned First Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain 23 January 1862.
On the Campaign
He was severely wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.
The rest of the War
He was absent, wounded to at least the end of 1863, on detached duty with the Provost Marshal in Augusta, GA to April 1864, and retired to the Invalid Corps on 2 November 1864.
After the War
He died in January 1868 from the effects of his wounds.
References & notes
More on the Web
See much more about the Meagher Guard and Parker in an excellent article [pdf] by Bill Bynum in Company Front (Issue 1, 2011), the journal of The Society for the Preservation of the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops.
1833; Dublin, IRELAND
01/10/1868; burial in Magnolia Cemetery, Augusta, GA
1 Salley, Alexander S., Jr., compiler, South Carolina Troops in Confederate Service, 3 vols., Columbia: Historical Commission of South Carolina, 1913-1930, Vol. 1, pg. 370-371 [AotW citation 24033]
2 Caldwell, James Fitz James, The History of a Brigade of South Carolinians, known first as "Gregg's" and subsequently as "McGowan's Brigade", Marietta (Ga): Continental Book Co., 1866, pg. 48 [AotW citation 24034]