Bruce Bumbalough

PARKER, HORATIO S. (1822–1890). Horatio S. Parker, lawyer and Confederate officer, was born in New York in 1822. By 1860 he had moved to Gonzales County, Texas, where he practiced law. Nearly a year after the firing on Fort Sumter, on May 14, 1862, Parker enlisted as a private in Company D of the cavalry battalion of Waul's Texas Legion, the only combined infantry, cavalry, and artillery unit in the Confederate Army. It was formed by Gen. Thomas Waul in the spring of 1862 and later stripped of its cavalry and artillery components. Parker was made a lieutenant and named an adjutant of the battalion on October 3, 1862. The cavalry battalion became known as Willis's Battalion, Texas Cavalry, and was engaged in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee throughout the war. Parker became a prisoner of war on May 4, 1865, in Alabama but was paroled eight days later on May 12 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Following the war, Parker returned to Gonzales County where he opened a law firm called Parker & Nichols. Sometime after 1860 he married Cornelia Dosson, and the couple had four daughters and one son. By 1870 Parker was a prosperous man, with real estate wealth of $20,000. He died on October 25, 1890, and is buried with his wife in the Masonic Cemetery in Gonzales.


Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Texas, National Archives and Records Service, Washington. Pat Mosher, Letter to Bruce Bumbalough, July 9, 2010.

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