Report of
Lieut. Col. Job R. Parker
Forty-eighth Ohio Infantry

 

Photo courtesy of Camp Dennison Ohio Civil War Museum
Job R. Parker, Lieut. Col. of the 48th took command late the second day of the battle after Col. Sullivan was forced to leave the battlefield by a severe wound. Thus it fell to Parker to write the regimental report. He had originally been Captain of A Company and very likely was originally elected by the men of that company. He was then promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment. After Shiloh he would serve as regimental commander throughout much of the rest of the war. With Parker we have a report from a man who rose through the ranks to his position. Unfortunately his report shows him to be a man of few words. More can be found out about the actions of the 48th Ohio from other regimental reports than from Parker's.

 


 

KY., TENN., N. MISS., N. ALA., AND SW. VA.
PITTSBURG LANDING, OR SHILOH, TENN.
OR: Chap XXII p 870
No. 73.

Report of Lieut. Col. Job R. Parker, Forty-eighth Ohio Infantry.

HDQRs. FORTY-EIGHTH REGT. OHIO VOL. INFANTRY,
Camp, Shiloh, Tenn., April 9, 1862.

      On the morning of the 6th our regiment met the enemy about 200 yards in front of our color lines. They came upon us so suddenly that for a short time our men wavered, but soon rallied again, when we kept him back for two hours and until General Sherman ordered us to fall back to the Purdy road. With the exception of Sergeant Jones, our color-bearer, who shamefully deserted us in five minutes after the action commenced, our men fought bravely, as a visit to the ground after the battle indicated. Our regiment retreated and rallied several times through the day, and was in the last stand made by our forces late in the evening, when the enemy was forced to retire. We slept upon our arms that night. On the morning of the 7th we were called upon to support a battery upon our right wing. Here we remained until the opposing battery was silenced, when we were again brought into a hot action with rebel infantry, where our colonel was wounded in the right forearm, and Capt. W. L. Warner, of Company B, was instantly killed. During two days our officers and men, with the single exception above mentioned, fought bravely, and deserve much praise.
      Respectfully submitted.
          
                                                            J. R. PARKER,
                                               Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding.

  

 

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