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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1849

Vol. II

(Born Pa.)

John G. Parke

(Ap'd Pa.)


John Grubb Parke: Born Sep. 22, 1827, Chester County, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1845, to July 1, 1849, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, July 1, 1849.

 p371  Served: as Asst. Top. Engineer in determining the Initial Point of the Boundary between Iowa and Minnesota, 1849‑50,​a — in the Department of New Mexico, 1850‑51, — and on Survey of the Little Colorado River, etc., N. M., 1851‑52; as Secretary of the Board for the Improvement of Lake Harbors and Western Rivers, 1852‑53; as Asst. Top. Engineer on Survey for Pacific Railroad, in California, 1852; in charge of Survey for Pacific Railroad on 32d parallel of latitude, 1853, — and of second Survey

(Second Lieut., Top. Engineers, Apr. 18, 1854)

in Southern California, and on 32d parallel, 1854‑56; as Engineer Secretary of Light-house Board, Apr. 24, 1856, to Mar. 2, 1857; as Chief

(First Lieut., Top. Engineers, July 1, 1856)

Astronomer and Surveyor for determining and marking the Northwest Boundary between the United States and the British Provinces, according to the Treaty of 1846, Mar. 2, 1857, till suspended by the Rebellion.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: on

(Captain, 13th Infantry, May 14, 1861: Declined)

(Captain, Top. Engineers, Sep. 9, 1861: Corps of Engineers, Mar. 3, 1863)

Major-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Burnside's Expedition to North Carolina, Dec., 1861, to

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 23, 1861)

July, 1862, being engaged in the Combat of Roanoke Island, Feb. 7, 1862, — Battle of Newberne, Mar. 14, 1862, — and in command at the Bombardment and Reduction of Ft. Macon, Apr. 25, 1862; in movement to Newport

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., Apr. 26, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Capture of Ft. Macon, N. C.)

News, Fredericksburg, and Washington, D. C., July‑Aug., 1862; in

(Major-General, U. S. Volunteers, July 18, 1862)

the Maryland Campaign, as Chief of Staff of the 9th Corps (Army of the Potomac), Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of South Mountain, Sep. 14, 1862, — Battle of Antietam, Sep. 17, 1862, — and Pursuit of the enemy to Warrenton, Va., Oct.‑Nov., 1862; as Chief of Staff of Major-General Burnside, commanding Army of the Potomac, Nov. 7, 1862, to Jan. 25, 1863, in the Rappahannock Campaign, being engaged in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Dec. 13, 1862; in movement of 9th Corps to Kentucky, Mar., 1863; in command of 9th Corps while en route to the Siege of Vicksburg, and was present at its surrender, July 4, 1863; in command of Left Wing of Gen. Sherman's Army in the Re-occupation of

(Bvt. Colonel, July 12, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Capture of Jackson, Mis.)

Jackson, Mis., July 16, 1863; on return of 9th Corps to the Department of the Ohio, Aug., 1863; in East Tennessee Campaign, being engaged in the Action of Blue Spring, Oct. 10‑11, 1863, — Defense of Knoxville, Nov. 15‑Dec. 5, 1863, — and Operations against the Rebels under Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Longstreet, Jan.‑Feb., 1864; in movement of 9th Corps from Tennessee to Virginia, Mar. 17 to May 3, 1864; in the Richmond Campaign (Army of the Potomac), May, 1864, being engaged in the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5‑6, 1864, — and Battles around Spottsylvania, May 9‑20, 1864; on sick leave of absence, May‑June, 1864; in Passage of James River and March to Petersburg, June 14‑18, 1864; on sick leave of absence,

(Major, Corps of Engineers, June 17, 1864)

July 4 to Aug. 13, 1864; in command of 9th Corps (Army of the Potomac), in the Richmond Campaign, being engaged in the Siege of Petersburg, Aug. 13, 1864, to Apr. 2, 1865, — Combat of Peebles' Farm, Oct. 2, 1864, — Combat near Hatcher's Run, Oct. 27, 1864, — Repulse of

 p372  (Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services in the Defense of Knoxville, Ten.)

Assault upon Ft. Steadman, Mar. 25, 1865, — Capture of the Rebel Intrenchments

(Bvt. Major‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Repulse of Ft. Steadman, Va.)

before Petersburg, Apr. 2, 1865, — and Pursuit of the Rebel Army under General Lee, till its surrender, Apr. 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House; and in command of the District of Alexandria, May to July 28, 1865, — and of Southern District of New York, July 28, 1865, to Jan. 15, 1866.

Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Jan. 15, 1866.

Served: as Member of Board to make recommendations for Brevet appointments, Mar. 10 to June 22, 1866; in waiting orders, June 22 to Sep. 26, 1866; in resuming his duty as Chief Astronomer and Surveyor for determining and marking the Northwest Boundary, according to the Treaty of 1846 between the United States and the British Provinces, Sep. 28, 1866, to Oct. 31, 1869; as Superintending Engineer of Repairs of Ft. Washington, Md., Improvement of Potomac River, Construction of Defenses of Baltimore Harbor, and Improvement of Patapsco and Susquehanna Rivers, Sep. 11, 1867, to May 25, 1868; in charge of the Defenses of Annapolis Harbor, Md., Oct. 30, 1867, to May 25, 1868; as Assistant in the Office of the Chief of Engineers, at Washington, D. C.,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 4, 1879)

June 1, 1868, to Aug. 24, 1887, acting on various occasions as Chief of

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 17, 1884)

Engineers; on leave of absence, Apr. 23 to Aug. 28, 1887; as Superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy, Aug. 28, 1887, to June 24, 1889; and as Member of Board to negotiate for the purchase of the Kinsley estate below West Point, N. Y., Dec., 1888.

Retired from Active Service, July 2, 1889,
upon his own application, after 40 Years' Service.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Washington, D. C.

[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Vol. V
Died, Dec. 16, 1900, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 73.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1902, for an obituary notice.

Buried, St. James the Less Episcopal Churchyard, Philadelphia, PA.

Thayer's Note:

a Not a given: see Jeff Morrison's excellent page, illustrated with several equally good maps.

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