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Collection Reference Number GLC07085
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1865 
Title Ely S. Parker to John reporting the fall of Charleston, Georgetown, Fort Fisher and Wilmington
Date 16 March 1865
Author Parker, Ely S. (1828-1895)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Gives an update on news near the end of the war to an unknown friend named John. Reports that Charleston, Georgetown, Fort Fisher, Wilmington and Confederate General Benjamin Butler have all fallen. Also writes about Union General Philip A. Sheridan's march through the Shenandoah Valley where he captured Charlottesville and Stauton. Remarks on the campaigns of Union Generals George H. Thomas and Edward R. Canby, "Of Thomas I regret to say that he is a slow coach...His tardiness has rather a tendency to disjoint our nose. Canby has also been very slow in commencing the Execution of his portion of the work, but I believe he has now started." States they are successfully holding the line against General Robert E. Lee. Gives some information on military appointments and mentions Andrew Johnson's inauguration. "The inauguration recently took place, and Andy Johnson was severely indisposed by a big drunk when taking the oath." Parker signs "Parker alias Scribe." On stationary from the Head Quarters Armies of the United States.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Union General  Union Forces  Confederate General or Leader  Confederate States of America  President  Inauguration  Oath  Alcohol  American Indian History  
People Parker, Ely Samuel (1828-1895)  
Place written City Point, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Native Americans; The Presidency; Government & Politics
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Parker was an Iroquois of the Seneca tribe born at Indian Falls, New York. During the American Civil War he was commissioned a captain in 1863 and rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. Parker became the adjutant to his friend Ulysses S. Grant, and wrote the final drafts for the surrender at Appomattox Courthouse in April 1865.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945