Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Confederate Legacy-- Part 14: Goldsboro's Private James Parker

WHY WE REMEMBER THEM

Private James Parker was a 27-year-old farmer from Goldsboro when he enlisted in the Rifles.  He was not drafted and enlisted on his own, despite the fact that he was leaving his wife, seven children and farm (and for you revisionists, no slaves).  This, putting his life, family and land on the line for his country.

He was wounded at Antietam and killed at the Battle of Bristoe Station in Virginia in October 1863.

His family still remembers him today.  Ray Parker, Jr. and Ray Parker III of Goldsboro treasure a portrait of Parker and his wife Francis, that has been handed down for generations. 

They know that James suffered through lots of hardships during his time in the Confederate Army.  For years, many lived on nothing but bacon fat and corn meal and had to sleep on the open ground for lack of tents.  Many battles saw Confederate soldiers entering without shoes (one of the reasons the Battle of Gettysburg took place).

Fighting for His Home and Family.  --Old Secesh

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