Tag Archives: Parker’s Boy Battery

Reprise: The Unfortunate Friendship

Unfortunate, that is, for the boys age 14 to 17 who comprised the majority of Captain/Doctor William Watts Parker’s Sixth Virginia Light Artillery. Meaning his friendship with Colonel Edward Porter Alexander, Longstreet’s chief of artillery. For as Alexander put it … Continue reading

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The Boy Battery near Petersburg

Like all of the fighting units at Knoxville in November 1863, Captain William Watts Parker’s Virginia artillery battery, had a war history before and after the attack on Fort Sanders—including some fame at the Battle of Gettysburg. Parker’s outfit, called … Continue reading

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Krick’s book now available

A little bit of fussin‘ (or, more probably, the Sesquicentennial) has finally moved Amazon to make copies of Robert K. Krick’s “Parker’s Virginia Battery, C.S.A.,” available once again. You can get a used ex-library copy of the 1975 hardcover in … Continue reading

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The boy battery at Richmond, 1865

From Confederate Veteran magazine, January, 1911 issue: “Recollections of the retreat from Richmond in April 1865: “At Chesterfield Courthouse I met Huger’s (formerly Alexander’s) Battalion of Artillery, where I had previously served, [and found] we looked back at the great … Continue reading

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