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F.J. Parker

F.J. Parker

Federal (USA)


Francis Jewett Parker

(1825 - 1909)

Home State: Massachusetts

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 32nd Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

From Boston, He was in the cotton manufacturing business and sold mill products. He had been on the Boston Common Council (1856), the Massachusetts State Senate (1858), and was representative to the General Court (1861). He was appointed Major and commanded the First Battalion, Massachusetts Infantry. The Battalion was organized in November 1861 to garrison Fort Warren, Boston Harbor. It formed the nucleus of the 32nd Infantry as it formed in the Winter of 1861 and Spring of 1862. Parker was commissioned and mustered as Lieutenant Colonel of the Regiment on 25 May 1862 and promoted to Colonel on 6 August 1862.

The rest of the War

He resigned his commission on 27 December 1862.

After the War

He moved to Newton, MA and was Water Commissioner there (1874-75). He was elected to the State Senate again in 1876 (having been the youngest member in 1858 and the oldest in 1876). He was a member of Parker, Wilder, Parker & Company.

References & notes

Basic information from Soldiers1. His photograph from the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection2. Life facts from William Carver Bates' Memoir (1909) of him from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, for which Parker had also written. His gravesite from Findagrave.


03/03/1825; Boston, MA


01/20/1909; Boston, MA; burial in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, 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. 3, pg. 450  [AotW citation 14509]

2   US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: Vol. 93, pg. 4751  [AotW citation 14510]