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Parker, Elihu


Age: 29, credited to Bennington, VT
Unit(s): 4th VT INF
Service: enl 3/10/62, m/i 4/12/62, Pvt, Co. A, 4th VT INF, d/svc 8/63 on furlough awaiting disch

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Birth: About 1832, Bennington, VT
Death: 08/01/1863


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Marietta M., 2/13/1864; minor, 1/18/1890, NY
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Died in Stamford, VT while on furlough from hospital


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A Hard Case -- We publish, by request, the following letter from Elisha Parker, of Stamford, a private in a Vermont regiment, who has been sick all winter, with consumption, and was reported to the Provost Marshall as a deserter, by his brother, out of revenge, who arrested and took him to Brattleboro. He was soon brought home again, and has since died.

BRATTLEBORO, July 1, 1863.

DEAR FATHER AND MOTHER, I am thankful to be able to write and let you know where I am. And how I am getting along. I arrived here yesterday and was put in the barracks, where I now am. I am very well cared for, and feel about the same as when I left home. What they intend to do with me is more than I can tell. The doctor examined me this morning, left some medicine, and went away.

I will now tell you where have been since I left home, and how they happened to come after me. Harry wrote to the Provost Marshall, informing him where I was, that I was fit for duty, and that I had pretended to be sick all winter, had disgraced his house and family by bad conduct, etc. The Marshall consequently came after me, but found I had really been very sick, and was then in a critical condition. He used me well, but when I got to Rutland, I was delivered into the hands of another Marshall, who treated me very badly, throwing in my face the fact that my own brother had reported me, and that I couldn't play sick on him. He put me in jail, where I was kept until yesterday morning. The jailor being a very humane man, and seeing my condition at once, died every thing he could for me, otherwise, I should have died there. He went before the board, told them how sick I was and got me out, then came with me to this place.

I hope you will keep my poor little Eva away from them, that they may not kill her when they are drunk. If her mother wants to see her let her come where she is, but don't let them take her away until you hear what becomes of me. I will write you every week, as long as I am able. Write soon, and direct to Hospital Barracks, Brattleboro, Vt.


Source: Hoosac Valley News and Transcript, October 8, 1863
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.