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James Parker, Major General

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Newark, Essex, NJ, USA
Death: Died
Place of Burial: St. Mary's Episcopal Churchyard, Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI
Immediate Family:

Son of Cortlandt Parker and Elizabeth Wolcott Parker
Husband of Charlotte Matilda Parker
Father of Maj. General Cortland Parker; Submarine Commander James Parker, USN; Eleanor Forrester Cushman; Lieut. George Parker; Elizabeth Van Cortlandt Parker and 1 other

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About James Parker, Major General

Major General James Parker was the recipient of the Medal of Honor.

USMA 1876. PROMOTED THROUGH THE REGULAR RANKS TO RANK OF BRIG. GENERAL, U.S.A. MARCH 3 1913. RETIRED BY OPERATION OF THE LAW, FEB 27 1918. SERVED IN INDIAN CAMPAIGNS, SPANISH AMERICAN WAR, PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION, MERICAN BORDER; MAJ. GENERAL N.A. WORLD WAR; CDR. 32D AND 85TH DIVISION. AWARDED CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOR DISTINGUISHED GALLANTRY AT VIGAN, P.I., DEC 4 , 1899. RESIDENCE: GREENVALE FARM, NEWPORT, R.I.

USMA 1876; Medal of Honor Vigan PI 4 dec 1899; ret Brig/Gen 1918. Heitman: 2 It 4 cav 15 June 1876: 1 It 23 July 1879: r adit 1 Jan to 16 Junr! 1886; r q “m 1 &Iay 1887 to 2 Ott 1888; capt 2 Ott 1888; maj 12 N Y inf 13 May 1898; It co1 1 Ott 1898; hon must out of vols 20 Apr 1899; It co1 42 7J S V inf 17 Aug 1899; tr to 45 U S V inf 1 Sept 1899; hon dischd from vols 3 June 1901; maj 4 cav 2 Feb 1901; assd to A G dept 28 Feb 1901; It co1 13 cav 19 Apr 1903; awarded medal of honor 7 Feb 1902 for most dist gallantry in the defense of Vigan Luzon P I in repulsing while in command, of the gar with small numbers a savage night attack by overwhelming numbers of the enemy fighting at close quarters in the dark for several hours.

1900 census Capt James Parker Ft Slocum NY ae 46 b. NJ father b NJ mother b GA

1910 census Ft Oglethorpe GA Col James Parker CO ae 50 b NJ m1 31yrs Army officer, only servants no children in household

1920 census Quincy City MA boarding with son James Jr. ae 65 US Naval Officer (sic!)

1930 census Newport RI ae 76 ae 25 at first marriage b NJ owns home

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Philippine Insurrection Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He rose to Major General in the United States Army. He was awarded the CMOH while a Lieutenant Colonel in the 45th United States Volunteer Infantry, for action in Vigan, Luzon, Philippine Islands on December 4, 1899. His citation reads "While in command of a small garrison repulsed a savage night attack by overwhelming numbers of the enemy, fighting at close quarters in the dark for several hours." His son, Cortland Parker, alos became a Major General in the United States Army, serving during World War I, and as a Infantry Division Commander during World War II.

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From Wikipedia:

James Parker (February 20, 1854 – June 2, 1934) was a Major General in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in the Philippine-American War during 1899. His son, Cortland Parker, also became a Major General in the United States Army.

Biography

Born in Newark, New Jersey on February 20, 1854, James Parker was educated at Newark Academy, Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts) and Rutgers College, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1876, thirty-first in a class of fifty cadets, and was appointed Second Lieutenant. Thus began his forty-two years of military service which culminated in his appointment as a Major General in the U.S. Army.

He is buried in Saint Mary's Episcopal Churchyard Portsmouth Rhode Island.[1]

Military career

He spent his early years serving in the Fourth United States Cavalry participating in the Indian Wars of the Southwest. His military career was influenced by the magnetic personality of the commander of the Fourth Cavalry, General Ronald S. Mackensie, a legend for his success as a cavalry commander in the American Civil War. In May 1886, First Lieutenant Parker commanded one column of troops sent into Mexico to track down the famous Apache leader Geronimo and his band, and cooperated with Captain W. H. Lawton and First Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood when Geronimo was captured.

Later he served as the second in command of the 12th New York in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and saw significant combat while commanding troops in the Philippine-American War during 1899 where he earned the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor citation

Citation:

While in command of a small garrison repulsed a savage night attack by overwhelming numbers of the enemy, fighting at close quarters in the dark for several hours.

Decorations

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Major General Parker was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and three Silver Stars for his service and battlefield exploits.[2]

See also

United States Army portal

   * List of Medal of Honor recipients

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ James Parker (US Army officer) at Find A Grave Retrieved on 2007-11-24
  2. ^ "James Parker, Medal of Honor recipient". Philippine Insurrection. Retrieved on 2007-11-24.

References

   * James Parker (US Army officer) at Find A Grave Retrieved on 2007-11-24
   * "James Parker, Medal of Honor recipient". Philippine Insurrection. Retrieved on 2007-11-24.
   * Harrower, Gordon (Nov/Dec 2006). "Submarine Skipper: Commander James Parker, Jr. USN". Military Images. Retrieved on 2007-05-12.

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James Parker (February 20, 1854 – June 2, 1934) was a Major General in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in the Philippine-American War during 1899. James Parker graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1876. He retired as a U.S. Army Major General.

His son, Cortlandt Parker, also became a Major General in the United States Army.


Biography


Born in Newark, New Jersey on February 20, 1854, James Parker was educated at Newark Academy, Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts) and Rutgers College, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1876, 31st in a class of 50 cadets, and was appointed Second Lieutenant. Thus began his 42 years of military service which culminated in his appointment as a Major General in the U.S. Army.


He is buried in Saint Mary's Episcopal Churchyard, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.


Military career


He spent his early years serving in the Fourth United States Cavalry participating in the Indian Wars of the Southwest. His military career was influenced by the magnetic personality of the commander of the Fourth Cavalry, General Ranald S. Mackenzie, a legend for his success as a cavalry commander in the American Civil War. In May 1886, First Lieutenant Parker commanded one column of troops sent into Mexico to track down the famous Apache leader Geronimo and his band, and cooperated with Captain Henry W. Lawton and First Lieutenant Charles B. Gatewood when Geronimo was captured.


Later he served as second in command of the 12th New York Infantry in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and saw significant combat while commanding the 45th Volunteer Infantry in the Philippine-American War during 1899 where he earned the Medal of Honor. From 1903 to 1908, he also served as Head of Militia Affairs in the Adjutant General's office.


Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Colonel James Parker, United States Army, for most distinguished gallantry on 4 December 1899, while serving with 45th Infantry, U.S. Volunteers, in action at Vigan, Luzon, Philippine Islands. While in command of a small garrison, Lieutenant Colonel Parker repulsed a savage night attack by overwhelming numbers of the enemy, fighting at close quarters in the dark for several hours.

General Orders: Date of Issue: March 8, 1902

Action Date: December 4, 1899

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Regiment: 45th Infantry

Division: U.S. Volunteers



Decorations


In addition to the Medal of Honor, Major General Parker was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and three Silver Stars for his service and battlefield exploits.

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Maj. General James Parker's Timeline

1854
February 20, 1854
Newark, Essex, NJ, USA
1879
November 12, 1879
Age 25
Grace Church, Newark, NJ
1880
October 2, 1880
Age 26
Newark, Essex, NJ, USA
1883
January 28, 1883
Age 28
NM, USA
1884
December 10, 1884
Age 30
AZ
1885
September 9, 1885
Age 31
Fort Huachuca, Arizona Territory
1891
August 6, 1891
Age 37
1893
August 6, 1893
Age 39
NY
1934
June 2, 1934
Age 80
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St. Mary's Episcopal Churchyard, Portsmouth, Newport Co., RI