Civil War

The War Between the States

All of our families were in the United States by the time of the Civil War, and each was touched by it. Some of our relatives went off to war and never came back. Sometimes the immediate family found out what happened to their loved one, and sometimes not. Some came home hurt or sick, and were never the same again. We had relatives on both sides. Even brothers fought on different sides. Those that stayed at home suffered, too, and not just from anxiety over an absent loved one, but from hardships caused by the depredations of the enemy or other conditions of war.

It will take quite a while to get around to all of our relatives who served in the Civil War, and I may miss some people. Any contributions concerning our people will be welcome. I am indebted to my brother, William F. Parker, for finding and furnishing the items from the official records, and for finding other sources and sending them to me.

Morris Brinkey, USA
1st Illinois Cavalry
48th Illinois Infantry
16th Illinois Cavalry
Morris was a sergeant in Co. L of the 16th Illinois Cavalry when he was captured 3 Jan 1864 in Lee County, Virginia, near the Cumberland Gap. He died a prisoner of war 23 Jun 1864 in the infamous Andersonville Prison. Click on "16th Illinois Cavalry" above to read reports from the official record.
Morris Brinkey is our great, great, great uncle.
Thomas Bible, Captain, USA
The 8th Tennessee near Atlanta, July and August, 1864
Brief Biographical Sketch
He is our second cousin four times removed.
Samuel Langston
Phelps Regiment, Missouri Infantry for 6 months beginning November, 1861; wounded at the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas
Company A, 32nd Missouri Infantry, August 1862 to July 1865
This is our great great grandfather.
William Henderson Parker
This is our great great grandfather, who was in the army from 20 September 1864 to 23 June 1865, part of the time with Co. F, 18th Kentucky Infantry.
Arthur Conlin
86th Ohio Infantry from June 1862.
170th Ohio Infantry from May to September, 1864; wounded, though not severely, on July 18, 1864. He was a schoolteacher who fought during the summers and had his job waiting for him in September. He corresponded regularly with his family while he was away at war, but he never arrived home after his discharge, and he was never heard from again. All of the family's efforts to find out what had happened to him were unavailing.
This is our great great uncle.