Parker, Brainerd M.
Age: 23, credited to Northfield, VT
Unit(s): 1st VT CAV
Service: enl 9/23/61, m/i 11/19/61, CPL, Co. C, 1st VT CAV, pr SGTMAJ 3/1/63, comn 2LT, Co. C, 7/7/64 (8/10/64), m/o 11/18/64
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Birth: abt 1838, Fairfax, VT
Burial: Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, IL
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
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Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
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Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, IL
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Brainerd M. Parker
Source: Lamoille Newsdealer: August 22, 1862
FROM THE CAVALRY
A son of Mr. B. Parker, of Johnson, writes from the 1st Cavalry, Co. C., Camp on the banks of the Rapidan River, Aug. 8th, as follows ---
DEAR PARENTS:--It has been a long time since I have written you for the reason that we have been scouting so much. I have not had an opportunity of writing. It has been a very hurrying time of the year with us. We have been obliged to saddle our horses all times night and some nights have traveled.
You doubtless know that we are in Maj. Gen. Pope's Army, and our cavalry is in the advance, and, as we have been fighting them all the way from Winchester, which is 64 miles, it has been a time of active service with us, I assure you.
I presume you have heard of the charge that we made at Culpepper Court House. Co. C. was in advance at the head of the column. We had orders to charge ¼ of a mile from the town; put our horses into the run; some of our men got hurt some, caused by their horses falling. We did not take but a few prisoners, as they had their pickets out in the direction we came and gave the alarm that the d---d Yankees were coming. There was only 200 of them and they skedaddled in a hurry. There was two sergeants in Co. I wounded, both in the arm, by some of the rebels that were hid in ambush by the side of the road. It is not safe for one man to travel alone anywhere in this state. But I have not written anything that happened of late. We have just passed through a very hard skirmish that we had yesterday at Orange Court House. It is about 18 miles from our main army towards Richmond, near Gordonsville. There were three regiments of cavalry, not any infantry at all. We had orders to go to Orange from Gen. Pope. It was supposed that there was a considerable large force there. We had no trouble on the road until we got about two miles of town. Then we met their pickets that they had on the road. We kept firing at them and they would fire back, and as they kept moving back. As we came near town the negroes told us that there was two regiments of cavalry in town, and a large force of Infantry towards Gordonsville. We were confident that we could not hold the place but a short time if we succeeded in getting it at all, but as our officers are obliged to carry out the orders that they receive from their superiors, we made a dash into town. One regiment went around on the right side, one on the left, and the Vt. In the centre. The town was all alive with rebel cavalry, but the regiment that went on the right got round them and drove them back towards us. Co. F and C were in the rear until the rebels began to come toward us in force; then the head of the column broke and was coming back and came back to Co.C., the rebels firing at us all the while, but we had our minds made up to go at all hazards. I was at the head of my Co. by the side of Orderly Sergeant Cheney and our Captain. We commenced screaming and shouting, "charge on them", and in we went, cutting and slashing, the horses falling all about us, and men crying and gasping for breath. It was an awful bloody time, for as they could not help fighting us, they stood their ground, and we were all mixed up, rebels and federals. I dismounted two of them and took their arms and captured two horses. Our captain rode one of them back to camp. We took in all about 75 of them.
My health is good. It is very warm here now. We have not been paid off yet.
Submitted by Deanna French.