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Civil War Records of Charles Wesley Parker


Grand Army of the Republic
Isaac Davis Post No. 138

Supplementary War Sketches

Diary of Charles W. Parker, p. 1

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Charles W. Parker

The following are some extracts taken from the diary of Comrade Chas. W. Parker of West Acton, Mass., Sergeant of Co. I. 16th Regiment, Conn. Infantry, and who was confined in Andersonville Prison from May 3rd, 1864 to Sept. 10th, 1864, at Charleston from Sept. 13th to Sept. 30th, 1864, and at Florence from October 1, 1864 to March 1st, 1865. Was taken prisoner at Plymouth N.C. on April 20, 1864. This diary was written on scraps of paper, any material he could get and afterwards copied by himself into present diary.

April 21, 1864

Were searched in the fore-noon and had twenty hardtacks and two pounds pork issued to us for four days rations. Marched in the afternoon about fifteen miles, guarded by the 35 N.C. Va. Brigade in the front and rear of me and a battery found the number about twelve thousand and we only two.

April 24

Showery in afternoon and eve, started at ten o'clock. Guarded by the Holcomb Legion. Were searched during the day for Buffaloes. they found six at seven, probably they were shot. (Buffaloes is a name given to North Carolinians who enlisted for the North,) Stopped about dark and laid down in the rain without supper as our rations had run out.

Apr. 25

Tarboro - Drew some meal and a little bacon. Remained the rest of the day.

Apr. 26

Warm and pleasant - officers some of the Mass. and N.Y. boys went off on the cars. Drew one pint meal three ounces meat for rations - gave fifty cents for little piece of cake.

April 27

Still at Tarboro - good deal of trading going on between our boys and the rebs all for something to eat. Wrote home