Peter C. Parker - Landsman

Peter C. Parker was born circa 1837 in New York, NY, United States and enlisted on 5 April 1864 at the New York Naval Rendezvous as a landsman for a 1 year term.[1]

Parker was attached to U.S.S. Chenango on 8 April 1864. Due to the Chenango's boiler explosion and subsequent temporary decommissioning on 21 April 1864, Parker was transferred to the U.S.S. Tecumseh the following day, 22 April 1864.[2]

Parker was one of the survivors of the sinking of the Tecumseh on 5 August 1864 and escaped the sinking vessel in the monitor's cutter [3].

Per his rendezvous index card, Parker was next attached to the U.S.S. Mobile and then the U.S.S. Lenapee on 7 January 1865. He was discharged from the Navy on 13 April 1865 at New York, NY [2].

Parker died 9 June 1908 in Ossining, New York



Awards & Memorials


Alternate Spellings of Name

Headstone reads "Peter G. Parker" however all his Navy paperwork and letters written by him give name as "Peter C. Parker"

References and Sources

[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous New York, NY for the week ending April 9 1864

[2] NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

[3]"Report of Rear-Admiral Farragut, U.S. Navy, transmitting report of two survivors from the U.S. Monitor Tecumseh, August 27 1864" Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion: Series I, Volume 21 West Gulf Blockading Squadron from January 1 to December 31, 1864 (1906)