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Daniel Parker

Discussion in 'New Recruits Meet & Greet Area' started by 101steve, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. 101steve

    101steve Cadet

    Nov 9, 2013
    Hello everyone, I am looking for info on my GG gradfather Daniel Parker from Yell County Arkansas. He enlisted as a Sargent in the Confederate Army and died in Memphis Hosp 1863.


    Steve Parker
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  3. Papakid

    Papakid Private

    Sep 27, 2013
    Welcome to the forum, neighbor. I'm in Conway Co. right next door, assuming you are also from Yell county like your ancestor. BTW, I strongly advise you to edit your post and remove your email address. Spam bots scan public posts like this and send you all sorts of junk. If someone wants to help you privately you can give them your email address in a private message.
  4. east tennessee roots

    east tennessee roots 1st Lieutenant

    Dec 31, 2010
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    The source I use doesn't have a great deal on Arkansas Confederates. They list two with that name. Is it maybe the same man ? If we can determine which man ( or both ) I may be able to post some info on their regiment.

    Daniel A.J. Parker :
    Enlisted as a Corporal (date unknown).
    He also had service in:
    "F" Co. AR 1st Infantry

    Daniel J. Parker

    Residence was not listed;
    Enlisted as a Sergeant (date unknown).
    He also had service in:
    "I" Co. AR 11th Infantry
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  5. Nathanb1

    Nathanb1 Brev. Brig. Gen'l Forum Host Retired Moderator

    Dec 31, 2009
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    Hey! Yell County, like Mattie! :smile: It's one of three Arkansas counties I remember. :smile:

    As a born-in-Arkansas girl, howdy...and welcome to the best Civil War forum around. Be sure to post in the Ancestors Forum as well--that's where your thread will get the most attention!
  6. Papakid

    Papakid Private

    Sep 27, 2013
    The second one would appear more likely on first glance since he enlisted as a Sergeant, although according to info on the 11th AR at Wikipedia, most of them enlisted from Saline Co., which is a good deal south and not an easy trip from Yell Co.

    I haven't tried researching individuals online lately and believe you're in good hands with others here like East Ten. Roots, but I believe you would still get best results by visiting the Arkansas History Commission in Little Rock. The folks there are very helpful and can point you in the direction of other information. Having the name and unit is a great starting point in searching for you ancestor's service records, since they are organized by unit. You have two possibilities already, and I would suggest a third, the 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles, since it's Company H called itself the "Yell County Rifles". You might also look into researching that company's original militia designation--26th Regiment, Arkansas State Militia. This unit (1st AR M.R.) would also have been more likely to have been around Memphis in 1863.

    Good luck, and be advised that researching Arkansas units can be very confusing. Lots of duplications, re-organizing and consolidating. Wikipedia does a pretty good job of sorting it all out, but be very careful as they are not always 100% accurate.
  7. Papakid

    Papakid Private

    Sep 27, 2013
    Hehe, yep. My great grandfather who served in the 16th GA, that I have posted some about earlier, could have been a character in True Grit--he was in the same time and places. He migrated from the vicinity of Lookout Mountain and the Chickamauga battlefield in northern GA, to Dardanelle in Yell County in 1870 or '71. Most likely he rented some of that good bottomland near Dardanelle that Mattie was so proud of--and also made runs into the Choctaw part of Indian Territory to work the coal mines.

    In which part of AR were you born, if you don't mind me asking?
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  8. Union_Buff

    Union_Buff Captain

    Oct 14, 2009
    New Zealand
    Hi there Steve and welcome to CWT from New Zealand :smile:
  9. east tennessee roots

    east tennessee roots 1st Lieutenant

    Dec 31, 2010
    Kingsport, Tennessee
    Think we've narrowed it down ! Like Papakid said "Lots of duplications, re-organizing and consolidating. " with Arkansas Confederate troops. The Corporal in the 1st Infantry still may be another record for him.
    11th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
    11th Infantry Regiment, organized during July, 1861, in Saline County, Arkansas, contained men from Yell, Ouachita, Saline, and Sebastian counties. The unit was active at Memphis and Fort Pillow, then, assigned to the Western Department, was captured on Apirl 8, 1862, at Island No. 10. After being exchanged and reorganized as mounted infantry, it moved to lower Mississippi. The 11th served under the command of Generals W. Adams, Mabry, and Ross, Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana, and in April, 1864, was consolidated with the 17th (Rector's) Arkansas Regiment. It skirmished in Louisiana, fought in several small engagements in Mississippi, and was included in the surrender on May 4, 1865. The field officers were Colonels J. L. Logan and J. M. Smith, Lieutenant Colonels M. S. Miller and McDuff Vance, and Major James T. Poe.

    Eleventh Arkansas infantry

    The Eleventh Arkansas infantry was organized in Saline
    county, July, 1861. Jabez M. Smith, of Benton, was
    elected colonel; Mark Miller, lieutenant-colonel; James
    T. Poe, major, and William R. Selvidge, first lieutenant
    Company E, was chosen adjutant. The colonel, lieuten-
    ant-colonel and major-elect were captains, and the com-
    pany officers after the election were: Company A, Capt.
    M. D. Vance, First Lieut. Jasper Shepherd. Company
    B, Capt. W. T. Douglas, First Lieut. Claiborne Watkins
    (brother to Anderson Watkins, killed at Atlanta), Second
    Lieut. M. E. Wills. Company C, Capt. James D. Burke,
    First Lieut. Alfonso Curl (vice J. C. Hall, deceased),
    Second Lieut. H. W. Biglow, Third Lieut. R. M. Riddle.
    Company D, Capt. A. A. Crawford, First Lieut. James
    Cleft, Second Lieut. John Rye, Third Lieut. Elisha Rit-
    ter. Company E, Capt. J. E. Moss, First Lieut. W. R.
    Selvidge, Second Lieut. P. S. Selvidge, Third Lieut. F. J.
    Eddy. Company F, Captain Mooney, First Lieutenant
    Gregory, Second Lieutenant Grant, Third Lieut. L. H.
    Kemp. Company G, Capt. John L. Logan, First Lieu-
    tenant Thomas, Second Lieut. Frank Scott. Company H,
    Captain Matthews, First Lieutenant Black. Company
    I, Capt. W. F. Morton. Company K, Capt. Anderson
    Cunningham, First Lieutenant Toomer.
    The regiment was ordered to Fort Pillow, November,
    186r, and was brigaded with the Twelfth, commanded by
    Col. E. W. Gantt; was stationed at Island No. to on the
    Mississippi river, and transferred back and forth to New
    Madrid at the will of Gen. Gid. J. Pillow, who had very
    impracticable ideas of the war we had entered upon.
    Island No. to was surrendered April 15, 1862, after a ter-
    rific bombardment by the enemy's mortar-boats and gun-
    boats, aided by an overflow which nearly submerged the
    island. The Confederate defenses consisted of dissolving
    earthworks and twenty guns. Maj. W. J. Hoadley, of
    Little Rock, having served his guns with great bravery,
    spiked them and made his escape with one section of the
    battalion. The others were included in the cartel, and
    were transported to Camp Butler near Springfield, Ill.,
    then to Camp Chase (Chicago), the officers to Johnson's
    island, Lake Erie. Lieutenant Gibson, of Company H,
    was shot dead on Johnson's island by a Federal sentinel
    because he crossed the "dead line." The two regiments
    were exchanged September, 1862. The year of the first
    enlistment expiring there was a reorganization, which
    resulted as follows: Col. John L. Logan, Lieut. -Col. M. D.
    Vance, Maj. James T. Poe, Adjt. Edward A. Warren,
    Quartermaster E. Whitfield, Commissary Clark, Surgeon
    James Whitfield. Company A, Capt. Jasper Shepherd;
    Company B, Capt. Claiborne Watkins; Company C, Capt.
    James D. Burke; Company D, Capt. A. A. Crawford;
    Company E, Capt. W. R. Selridge; Company F, Capt.
    L. H. Kemp; Company G, Capt. Frank Scott; Company
    H, Captain Matthews; Company I, Capt. W. F. Morton;
    Company K, Anderson Cunningham.
    Col. Jabez M. Smith was as brave and pure as Gen-
    eral Lee, but declined re-election. He returned to the
    Trans-Mississippi, and was made adjutant of Harrell's
    battalion and adjutant-general of Crawford's brigade.
    He was judge of the Seventh circuit for two terms after
    the war. The regiment was ordered to the lower Missis-
    sippi. The Eleventh and the Seventeenth were mounted
    under command of Col. John Griffith of the Seventeenth,
    and dispatched to Clinton, Miss., to head off the raid of
    the Federal General Grierson, but failed to meet him.
    Then, under the command of Colonel Griffith, they oper-
    ated outside the fortifications of Port Hudson during the
    siege of that place in March, 1863. This detachment
    operated against the army under General Banks in Louis-
    iana, and took a number of prisoners, among them Gen.
    Neal Dow. Colonel Logan, of the Eleventh, was second
    in command of the detachment which captured General
    Dow. After the fall of Port Hudson the greater part of
    the regiment remained in Mississippi, where they fought
    in several small engagements against the Federals. A
    squad of the Seventeenth, under Maj. B. B. Chisom, cap-
    tured a Federal gunboat on the Yazoo river. They had
    a sanguinary encounter with Federal cavalry at Keller's
    lane, June 23, 1863, in which Lieutenant DeVaughn was
    wounded and maimed for life. Their services were of
    inestimable value in protecting citizens from the devasta-
    tion wrought wherever the enemy was left undisturbed
    to roam over the country beyond the fortified posts.

    Source: Confederate Military History, vol. XIV, p. 308


    Reports of Col. John L. Logan, Eleventh Arkansas Infantry, of operations
    May 21-July 8.

    May 21, 1863--6 p. m.
    GEN.: I am in enemy's rear with 300 cavalry and mounted men,
    and 300 infantry. Gen. Augur's division has all passed up. I would
    strike him, but my force is too weak. I have no information from Plains
    Store excepting that the enemy occupy the place. My dispatch from
    Col. [F. P.] Powers was received too late to strike the enemy on his
    right flank; besides, they came in too great numbers for Col.
    Powers, and forced him back to the railroad before I could get here. I
    shall keep on his right flank, and strike as opportunity offers.

    In a little skirmish this evening, I captured 2 prisoners, [who informed]
    me that Augur's entire division has passed up, including two brigades
    of infantry, four batteries, and abut 700 or 800 cavalry, commanded by
    Grierson. I think for the present I had better move the most of my force
    to Clinton.

    I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

    JNO. L. LOGAN.

    Maj.-Gen. GARDNER.


    Olive Branch, May 22, 1863.
    GEN.: I find that the small pieces of artillery are not of much
    service; besides, I have no ammunition for them. I must have more
    ammunition for the pieces I have (6-pounder smooth-bore and
    12-pounder howitzers), and I really think that I ought to have Roberts'
    entire battery. The enemy have a great deal of artillery, and, unless I
    have a sufficiency to cope with them, I cannot accomplish much. I am
    determined to annoy the enemy and hurt him at every favorable point
    and opportunity, on his flanks and in his rear. I am concentrating my
    force, as much so as I can, leaving for the present, on the Plank road
    and the roads toward the Comite, a small picket to watch the movements
    of the enemy. I send Quartermaster-Sergeant Mack with this
    dispatch, who will take charge of anything you desire to send to me, and
    bring it to my command to-night.

    All quiet on Plank road; think most of the force has crossed to the
    Bayou Sara road. Enemy still reported at Plains Store; am going to see.

    Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

    JNO. L. LOGAN,
    Col., Comdg.

    Maj.-Gen. GARDNER.


    Clinton, La., May 29, 1863.
    GEN.: Your dispatches, per courier, for Gen. Frank. Gardner,
    were brought to my headquarters on 25th instant. Every effort has been
    made to get them through, but without success. The dispatches ordering
    the evacuation of Port Hudson* were also received by me and sent
    through. Maj.-Gen. Gardner was them completely invested, and to
    have attempted to cut his way through the lines of the enemy, 20,000
    strong, well posted, with a large cavalry force at hand, would have been
    attended with very great loss; besides, I doubt his being able to get
    through at all. If he had the line of retreat would have been so long we
    must have suffered greatly before we could have reached Jackson.

    I have had no communication from Gen. Gardner since the 24th. On
    that night he intended to come out, if possible, and ordered me to place
    my forces so as to assist him, which I did. I think he found it impossible
    to cut his way through, and has, perhaps, concluded to remain to defend
    the place as long as he can, hoping to be relieved by re-enforcements.
    I am at this place with a small command of cavalry and mounted
    infantry, 1,200 men, doing all I can to aid Gen. Gardner by dashing
    upon the enemy's lines, destroying his wagon train, &c., drawing the
    enemy's troops from Port Hudson. I cannot do a great deal, but am
    determined to do all that can be done with the means at my command.
    I have so far prevented the enemy's making raids into the country. Can
    we get re-enforcements? To relieve Gen. Gardner is certainly very
    important; besides, I think if of very great importance to hold our
    position at Port Hudson as well as the New Orleans, Jackson and Great
    Northern Railroad.

    The country along the Mississippi River and east of it for 50 miles is a
    very wealthy one; there is a large amount of stock in it, and the people
    are doing everything they can for our cause-raising large crops of corn
    and potatoes for the army. A re-enforcement of 8,000 or 10,000 men,
    thrown in Banks' rear, will drive him from Port Hudson in five days.
    I am informed that Lieut. Gen. E. K. Smith is now at or near
    the mouth of Red River with 10,000 men. If he would come down and
    cross at Port Hudson, under cover of our guns, Port Hudson would be
    relieved at once. Dispatches sent via Natchez, Miss., would reach
    Lieut.-Gen. Smith. Pardon me for making these suggestions.+
    I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

    JNO. L. LOGAN,
    Col. Eleventh Arkansas, Comdg. Outposts, Port Hudson.


    * See order, May 19, Part II, p. 9.

    + See Taylor to Logan, June 15, Part II, p. 53.

    CLINTON, LA., June 3, 1863.
    GEN.: The enemy attacked us this evening at 2 o'clock, 2,000
    strong. After an engagement of three hours, we repulsed them and drove
    them from the field. Our loss, 20 killed and wounded. Enemy's loss, 20
    killed, 50 wounded, and 40 prisoners. No further news from Gen.

    JNO. L. LOGAN,
    Col., Comdg.



    Ten Miles north of Clinton, June 7, 1863.
    GEN.: The enemy is moving a column of cavalry infantry, and
    artillery, 4,000 strong, upon Clinton. I have met his cavalry and
    whipped it, but, of course, will have to retire before a heavy column of
    infantry and artillery. I will range around through the country, and,
    when an opportunity offers, strike his cavalry. Banks has lost very
    heavily at Port Hudson, but seems determined to take the place. He of
    works. I have annoyed him a great deal with my little force in his rear,
    and he seems very uneasy for fear a heavy force be thrown in his rear.
    He has already burned the Manchac Bridge, that he rebuilt, for fear of
    being flanked.

    As I have already stated, a small re-enforcement sent here will not only
    raise the siege of Port Hudson, but drive the enemy from the country,
    and, I believe, from Baton Rouge. Ten thousand men, I am confident,
    could accomplish all this. I hope you will pardon me for urging this
    matter, but the relief of Gen. Gardner, and the importance of holding
    Port Hudson and protecting a large section of the finest country that we
    have in the Confederacy, leaving out the importance of the position as
    regards future movements upon New Orleans, compels me to ask for
    these re-enforcements. The people in his country are doing all they can
    for the support of our army-raising large crops of corn an potatoes. The
    re-enforcements I ask for can be subsisted entirely upon this country for
    thirty days, at least.

    There is a large amount of stock in the way of beef-cattle, mules, and
    horses, that will fall in the hands of the enemy if we leave here. Please
    let me hear from you, as soon as possible, by telegraph to Osyka.
    Should the enemy occupy Clinton and Jackson, it will be useless for me
    to remain longer, as I can be of no service to Gen. Gardner.*

    I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

    JNO. L. LOGAN,
    Col., Comdg. Brigade of Cavalry and Mounted Infantry.



    June 16, 1863.
    I made a dash upon the enemy's lines yesterday morning at daylight.
    Captured two of his camps, took 100 prisoners, including 1 major, 2

    * See Johnston to Logan, June 8 and 9, Part II, p. 40.

    captains, and 3 lieutenants, many wagons, teams, salt, arms, and
    negroes. My loss nothing. Enemy's loss in killed and wounded 10 to 15.
    Col. Logan has arrived and will take command.

    JNO. L. LOGAN,
    Col., &c.

    Col. B. S. EWELL, Assistant Adjutant-Gen.


    July 1, 1863.
    A party of my scouts down near Port Hudson captured Brig.
    Gen. Neal Dow, Federal Army, last night at 9 o'clock. He will be
    forwarded to your headquarters at once.

    JNO. L. LOGAN,

    Col. B. S. EWELL, Assistant Adjutant-Gen.


    JACKSON, July 3, VIA MONTGOMERY, [July] 6, 1863.
    (Received at Richmond, July 9.)

    Following dispatch just received:

    On morning of 2d, at daylight, I surprised and captured Springfield
    Landing, the enemy's depot for landing supplies, 7 miles below Port
    Hudson, 6 miles in their lines, Burned their commissary and
    quartermaster's stores, destroyed 100 wagons, killed and wounded 140,
    captured 35 prisoners, paroling 22 of them. My loss, 4 killed and 10
    wounded; and engaged brigade of the enemy, and held him in check
    until the work was done, and then retired.
    JNO. L. LOGAN,
    Col., Commanding, &c.

    T. B. LAMAR,
    Assistant Adjutant-Gen.

    Gen. S. COOPER.


    July 8, 1863.
    COL.: Inclosed please find a communication from
    Brig.-Gen. Green, commanding cavalry brigade, &c., west of the
    Mississippi River, which I forward at once for your information. They
    young man states to me that Gen. Taylor has two brigades of
    infantry, two of cavalry, and a sufficient amount of artillery, including
    some 12-pounder Parrotts, and that they were mounting two 24-pounder
    smooth-bore pieces; that transports could not pass their batteries, but
    that gunboats continue to pass by, running near the east shore of the

    I have answered the communication, and urged Gen. Green to hold
    his present position and cut off enemy's supplies, and at the same time
    open communication with Gen. Gardner, and provision the garrison
    at Port Hudson by swimming beeves across the river.

    I hope from this statement you will understand the position, &c. Being
    on the move, I write in great haste.

    I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

    JNO. L. LOGAN,
    Col., Comdg. Brigade.

    Col. B. S. EWELL,
    Assistant Adjutant-Gen.


    Assumption Church, on La Fourche, July 5, 1863.

    To any Confederate Officer commanding on the east of the Mississippi.

    I send my young volunteer aide-de-camp, Leander McAnelly, of the
    Fifth Texas Cavalry, to communicate with any Confederate force on the
    east of the Mississippi.

    We have a sufficient force on this side, of cavalry, infantry, and
    artillery, to hold it against any force the Yankees can bring against us.
    If a force on the east, below Donaldsonville, could hold their own on
    the river, we can stop the supplies to Banks' army, and force him to
    raise the siege of Port Hudson. We will, I am confident, be able to whip
    his army in the open field should he move on this side.

    McAnelly will give you full details.

    Brig.-Gen., Comdg. First Cavalry Brigade.

    Source: Official Records
    PAGE 179-41 W. FLA., S. ALA., S. MISS., LA., TEX., N. MEX. [CHAP. XXXVIII.
    [Series I. Vol. 26. Part I, Reports & Union Correspondence. Serial No. 41.]


    Report of Col. John L. Logan, Eleventh Arkansas Infantry.

    August 4, 1863.
    GEN.: I met the enemy a Jackson, La., yesterday evening,
    whipping him handsomely, driving him from the town, capturing two
    Parrott guns, horses, ten wagons with commissary stores, killing,
    wounding, and capturing not less than 100 Yankees and a large number
    of negroes in arms. The enemy fled in the greatest confusion, leaving
    his dead and wounded behind him. It was a complete rout. His force
    was about 600 infantry (mixed colors), 150 cavalry, and two pieces of
    artillery. My force not so large-about 500. Our loss in killed and
    wounded 12.

    Your dispatch of the 28th ultimo just received, and the instructions will
    be carried out.

    I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

    JNO. L. LOGAN,
    Col., Comdg. Cavalry.

    Lieut.-Gen. HARDEE,
    Comdg. Army of the West.

    P. S.--What disposition shall I make of negroes captured in arms? Port
    Hudson is garrisoned by 7,000 Yankee troops and armed negroes. The
    troops that came down the river some time since went up Black River
    on transports.

    Source: Official Records
    [Series I. Vol. 26. Part I, Reports & Union Correspondence. Serial No. 41.]
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  18. Papakid

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    Sep 27, 2013
    Yes, the Corporal in the 1st AR might still be the same person, and I think you're right about the 11th being the unit to focus on. The Wikipedia article I looked at had edited out that any of the people were from Yell county and didn't include it when listing where each Company was from. Also my addled brain for some reason was thinking Saline was located where present day Grant County is now. Looking at some old maps, Saline County actually bordered Yell County in 1860.

    Also keep in mind that Memphis was in Union hands after June of 1862, so if Daniel Parker died there in 1863 it was probably as a Prisoner of War. Finding his compiled service records and possibly a widow's pension record could shed some light on those details. I'm wondering if maybe he was captured at Island No. 10 and then dropped off at hospital in Memphis while on the way to Vicksburg to be exchanged. Speculation, I know, but a possibility to consider.

    Edit: Changed the name from Steven to Daniel Parker--told you my brain was addled.
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    Baptist Memorials Hospital, North Little Rock. :smile: My dad trained horses for a gentleman and they lived in Fourche Bottom.
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