Private, Co. D, 124th U.S. Colored Infantry (Civil War)
Last union Civil War veteran to be buried in Harrison County Indiana.
Obituary of George Parker Source: "Corydon Weekly Democrat" 2/19/1941
LAST CIVIL WAR VETERAN IN COUNTY DIES
George Parker Was Slave In Kentucky
George Parker, colored, the last Civil War veteran in Harrison county, passed away Monday morning at 10:25 o'clock at the home of his nephew, Dewey Parker, in Boone township, eight miles south of Corydon. Death was caused from a four day illness of pneumonia.
Mr. Parker was born in Kentucky, February 25, 1837 and had he lived eight more days he would have reached his 104th birthday anniversary. The deceased was a slave on the Joe Wolfolk farm south of Brandenburg, Ky. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in Company A, 122nd Kentucky Infantry (Note: There was no 122nd Kentucky Infantry, but he probably served in the 124th U.S. Colored Infantry, Co. D). At the close of the war he came to this county and settled here. The deceased was never married. He was one of a family of five children.
Funeral services are being held this Wednesday afternoon at the Parker home conducted by the Rev. W. C. Shrode. Burial is in the Collins Chapel Cemetery nearby.
Harrison Post American Legion conducted military rites.
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George Parker's Combined Service Record contains the following:
Age 23, described as height 5 feet, complexion black, eyes black, hair black, born Woodford, Kentucky, occupation farmer, enrolled for three years by Captain J. R. Randolph as private Company D, 124th Infantry U. S. Colored troops at camp Nelson, Kentucky September 20, 1864, credited to owner James Singleton, Woodford County, 7th Congressional District, appointed corporal February 1, 1865 and spent most of his time in the hospital until mustered out at Louisville Kentucky October 24, 1865, with pay due since enlistment amounting to $128.55, including bonus. Note indicates he was reduced to the ranks from corporal October 2, 1865.