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Confederate (CSV)


John Thomas Parker

(1837 - 1913)

Home State: South Carolina

Education: The Citadel Academy, Jefferson Medical College,
Medical College of South Carolina, Class of 1861

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th South Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A very recent graduate of the medical school in Charleston, age 24, he was elected 2nd Lieutenant of Company A, 12th South Carolina Infantry on 20 August 1861. He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 2 April 1862 and was wounded at Gaines' Mill, VA on 27 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He commanded his Company in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain on 28 July 1863, and was surrendered with his Company at Appomattox Court House, VA on 9 April 1865.

After the War

He began to practice medicine in Fork Mill, then Indian Land, in the York District (now Lancaster County), SC, and went to Buena Vista, MS in 1871 where he was active in the local and state medical societies. In 1900 he was practicing in Waco, TX and by 1910 was living with his daughter Pearl and her family there.

References & notes

His service from the Rolls.1 His role at Sharpsburg from a casualty list in the Yorkville Enquirer of 8 October 1862. His presence at Appomattox from the Park Service parole list [pdf]. Details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1870-1910, and William Biddle Atkinson's The Physicians and Surgeons of the United States (1878). His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Louisa Sadler (1841-1876) in December 1866 and they had 3 children. He married again, the widow Anetta Hill (before 1865-1883) in 1881 and they had a son John William. He married for the third time at about age 58, to Mary Catherine Busby (1846-1903) in 1895.

A different (and initially confusing) Dr. John Thomas Parker (1839-1917), born near Snow Hill, MD, served as Surgeon in the Confederate Army and was a prisoner at Johnson's Island, OH. He was graduate of Washington College (1856) and NYU Medicine (1861).


03/02/1837; Wilkinsville, Union District


11/27/1913; Waco, TX; burial in Bosqueville Cemetery, Bosqueville, TX


1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Company A, 12th Reg't Inf, South Carolina Vols.  [AotW citation 24383]