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A.K. Parsons

A.K. Parsons

Federal (USV)


Abel K. Parsons

(1828 - 1864)

Home State: Vermont

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, 6th Corps

Before Antietam

A 32 year old merchant in Bennington, he was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company A, 4th Vermont Infantry on 27 August 1861 and was detailed to Brigadier General W.T.H. Brooks' Brigade staff as aide-de-camp (ADC) on 1 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was ADC to General Brooks on the Maryland Campaign and was later commended by the General

It gives me pleasure to call especial notice to the good conduct of ... Lieutenants Parsons and Wheeler, of my personal staff, who were active in the discharge of their respective duties.

The rest of the War

He continued as aide to General Brooks until he was killed in action at Cold Harbor, VA on 3 June 1864.

References & notes

His service from the Roster 1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3. Personal details from family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture here from an 1862 photograph of a group of officers of the 2nd Vermont Infantry.

He married Elizabeth A. Groom (1834–1860) in January 1852 at Athens, NY. He married again, Mary W. Munroe/Monroe in Shaftsbury, VT in January 1863.


09/09/1828; Hinsdale, Berkshire County, MA


06/03/1864; Cold Harbor, VA; burial in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery, Shaftsbury Center, VT


1   Peck, Theodore S., Adjutant General, and The Vermont Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Revised Roster of Vermont Volunteers and Lists of Vermonters who Served in the Army and Navy of the United States During the War of the Rebellion 1861-66, Montpelier: Press of the Watchman Publishing Co., 1892, pg. 111  [AotW citation 28925]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Soldiers who served in US Volunteer organizations enlisted for service during the Civil War, Record Group No. 94 (Adjutant General's Office, 1780's-1917), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 28926]