Parks, Ransom

Ca. 1837 - April 12, 1864

Prior to emancipation, Parks was enslaved by Samuel Parks in Lafayette County, Mississippi. Ransom and his wife Rachel (Buford) Parks lived just two and a half miles from each other prior to marriage. Sometime before his enlistment, the couple left Lafayette County and enslavement together. In April 1863, he was at Jackson, Tennessee, serving as a cook for white Federal troops. Along with Jerry Stewart, Ransom and Rachel then moved to Corinth, Mississippi, where the men enlisted. Ransom was shot and presumed killed at the Fort Pillow Massacre on April 12, 1864.

Rachel described her husband thusly: "[Ransom] was a bright complected man when he enlisted, but was of a gingerbread color after he had the Small-Pox, that his hair was close and of a red cast, with black eyes, and a low heavy set full-faced man; that he...was never healthy man but was always sickly and was never able to do much duty as a soldier and was in consequence of his health detailed as a nurse, that he was sickly before he went in the army."

Muster Rolls

June 20, 1863: Mustered in
June 20 to 30, 1863: Present; on daily duty as cook
July and August, 1863: Present; in confinement
September and October, 1863: Present; due the U.S. for (1) one cartg box belt plate 10 cts
November and December, 1863: Present
January and February, 1864: Present
March and April, 1864: Absent; missing after Battle at Fort Pillow from April 12-1864

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