Parsons, Samuel Luke
Age: 30, credited to Wardsboro, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF, 16th VT INF
Service: enl 8/29/62, m/i 10/23/62, 5SGT, Co. D, 16th VT INF, m/o 8/10/63; enl 12/22/63, m/i 12/29/63, Pvt, Co. I, 8th VT INF, dis/dsb 11/19/64
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Birth: 10/30/1831, Vernon, VT
Burial: Useful Cemetery, Useful, MO
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Ledoux
Findagrave Memorial #: 21703041
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/3/1890, MO; widow Josephine C., 11/29/1909,MO
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: 8th Vt. History off-site, Died in Crawford, MO
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Samuel L. Parsons
SAMUEL LUKE PARSONS Born Oct. 30, 1831; his grandfather, Andrew Parsons, the son of a British Sea Captain, and a nephew of Chief Justice Theopihilus Parsons, who was an early settler of Vernon, coming from Connecticut at the close of the war of the Revolution, in which he was a soldier; he purchased a portion of the Howe grant and clearing himself a home. He there reared a large family of children, the youngest of four sons, Samuel, being the subject of this sketch. His children were Hannah, , Samuel, Luke and John. At 15 years of age, Luke went to the academy at Bernardston. He also attended school at West Brattleboro, teaching schools winters, at 20 he was prepared to enter the Sophomore at Amherst, receiving an offer from his cousin, Andrew Parsons, acting governor of Michigan, to become his successor in legal practice; when admitted, he commenced the study of law and did not go to Amherst. At twenty-three he was admitted to the bar, and the following year elected Circuit Court Commissioner, an office having the powers and duties of Judge at Chambers at Master in Chancery. At this time he was married to Miss Sarah Cook, daughter of Madison Cook of Ypsilanti, Miss. In 1858 Mr. Cook died, leaving a large property in Detroit. Mr. Parsons was made attorney of the estate and resigned his office and went to Detroit, where he was attacked with a disease common to that climate. He then returned to Vermont to regain his health, and resided with his father until the outbreak of the war of the Rebellion.
He first enlisted in the 16th Vt. Vols. And was immediately promoted to Sergeant, and afterwards to 1st Sergeant for meritorious conduct at the battle of Gettysburg. When hid regiment was disbanded, he entered the service in the Gulf department as Quartermaster Sergeant. He went to New Orleans, touching at Cuba. He met Senor Don Bernards, Master of Knights of Freedom (or defenders of the Monroe Doctrine). He wrote at this time an epic poem, entitled "Atlantis on the Heiress," in ten cantos, being a story on the Island Of Cuba and tropical America, which he has read in several cities and been very favorably mentioned by the press.
His corps was then transferred to the Shenandoah Valley. He was disabled at Cedar Creek and conveyed to Annapolis, where on his recovery, he was given charge of a ward at the Navy yard Hospital; having care of the sick and wounded soldiers from Libby and Andersonville. He remained here until the expiration of his term of service, and the war closed, and he returned to Michigan, purchased a farm near Detroit, and resumed his practice at the Detroit Bar.
Hemenway's Historical Gazetteer, 1891, v:303
Submitted By: Deanna French.