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 [decorative delimiter] Class of June 24, 1861

Vol. II

(Born O.)

Charles C. Parsons

(Ap'd O.)


Charles Carroll Parsons: Born 1838, Elyria, OH.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1857, to June 24, 1861, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, June 24, 1861.

First Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 24, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: in Organizing and drilling Volunteers at Washington, D. C., July 2‑14, 1861; in Operations in West Virginia, July 16, 1861, to Jan. 6, 1862; in command of Company in Tennessee and Mississippi Campaign (Army of the Ohio), Jan. 6 to June 1, 1862, being engaged in the Movement to Nashville and Pittsburg Landing, Ten., Feb. to Apr., 1862, — Battle of Shiloh, Apr. 7, 1862, — and Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Apr. 10 to May 30, 1862; on sick leave of absence, June 4 to Aug. 15, 1862; in Operations in Kentucky, Aug. to Oct., 1862, being engaged in command of the Artillery, covering the retreat from the Battle of Richmond to Louisville, Sep., 1862, — Battle of Perryville, commanding Battery, Oct. 8,

(Bvt. Captain, Oct. 8, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Perryville, Ky.)

1862, — and March to the relief of Nashville, Oct., 1862; in the Tennessee Campaign, commanding Battery (Army of the Ohio), Oct., 1862, to Jan., 1863, being engaged in the Skirmishes at Stewart's Creek, Dec. 29, 1862, and near Murfreesborough, Dec. 30, 1862, — and Battle of Stone River, Dec. 31, 1862, to Jan. 2, 1863; on sick leave of absence, Jan. 10 to

(Bvt. Major, Dec. 31, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Stone River, Ten.)

Mar. 10, 1863; at the Military Academy, as Principal Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Mar. 10, 1863, to Sep. 5, 1864; in command of Company at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., Nov., 1864, to Jan., 1865, — and Camp Barry, near Washington, D. C., Jan. to May, 1865; on the

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services during the Rebellion)

Staff of Major-General Hazen, commanding 15th Army Corps, May 31 to Nov. 8, 1865; in command of Company at Ft. McHenry, Md., Nov., 1865, to Mar., 1866; as Recorder of Board to make recommendations in regard to Ordnance, Mar. 16 to June 4, 1866; on Court-martial duty, June 8‑30, 1866; and on leave of absence, July 1 to Sep. 30, 1866.

Captain, 4th Artillery, July 28, 1866.

Served: in command of Company at Erie, Pa., Oct. 1 to Nov. 20, 1866;  p822 in command of Battery at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Dec. 4, 1866, to Mar. 21, 1867, — on General Hancock's Indian Expedition, as Chief of Artillery and Ordnance, Mar. 22 to May 15, 1867, — Ft. Riley, Kan., May 16 to July 15, 1867, — in the field, July 16 to Aug. 13, 1867, — Ft. Harker, Kan., Aug. 14, 1867, to Nov. 17, 1867, — and Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to Aug., 1868; and at the Military Academy as Principal Asst. Professor of Geography, History, and Ethics, Aug. 31, 1868, to Dec. 30, 1870.

Honorably Discharged at his own request, Dec. 31, 1870.

Civil History. — Clergyman of the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1871‑78. Associate Editor of the Memphis, Ten., "Banner of the Church," 1871‑72.

Died, Sep. 7,​b 1878, at Memphis, Ten.: Aged 40.​c

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1879, for an obituary notice.º

Buried, Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis, TN.

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Parsons' full name and birth data are from his AOG obituary.

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b His tombstone (q.v.) and his AOG obituary both give the date of his death as Sept. 6.

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c He died tending victims of a yellow fever epidemic then raging in Memphis. In 1984, the Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States named him among the Martyrs of Memphis to the Table of Lesser Feasts and Fasts: as of writing — 2015 — he is the only West Pointer to have been declared a saint.

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