Parker, John

Place of Birth: Birmingham

Date of enlistment: 3 February 1872

Age given at enlistment: 22

Rank: Private

Company: I

Location on 25 June 1876: With Custer's Colum



Name, date and place of birth not yet verified. For details of his military service consult: (i) ‘Military Register of Custer’s Last Command,’ Roger L. Williams, The Arthur H. Clark Company, Norman, Oklahoma, 2009, p. 244.  (ii) ‘Men With Custer – Biographies of the 7th Cavalry,’ Edited by Ronald H. Nichols with Daniel I. Bird, CBHMA Inc., 2010, p. 310.

A Gunsmith from Birmingham

John Parker's enlistment in the 7th Cavalry at Chicago, Illinois, 3 February 1872.

  • Not yet fully researched.
  • John Parker had grey eyes, light hair, a light complexion, was 5′ 7″ tall,  previously employed as a gunsmith.
  • Participated in both the 1873 and 1874 Northern Boundary Commission escorts.
  • Killed with Custer’s column.
  • Listed as JNO. PARKER on the battle monument.


  • Final Statement of Private John Parker signed by Captain Henry J. Nowlan, Commanding Company, at Fort Abraham Lincoln on 5 December 1876.
  • For retained pay up to June 30, 1872 … $4.90
  • For retained pay under act of May 15, 1872 … $50.30
  • For clothing not drawn in kind … $94.59
  • Proceeds of sale of effects [April 26, 1877] … $7.00
  • For tobacco … $1.71
  • The above statement does not take into account basic pay due for the period May 1 to June 25, 1876
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