Rank and organization: Captain of the Afterguard, U.S. Navy.
Boston, Mass. Accredited to: Massachusetts. G.O. No.: 11, 3 April 1863.
Citation: At the wheel on board the U.S.S. Cayuga during the capture of
Forts St. Philip and Jackson, and New Orleans, 24 and 25 April 1862. As
his ship led the advance column toward the barrier and both forts opened
fire simultaneously, striking the vessel from stem to stern, Parker conscientiously
performed his duties throughout the action in which attempts by 3 rebel
steamers to butt and board were thwarted, and the ships driven off. Eleven
gunboats were successfully engaged and the enemy garrisons forced to surrender
during this battle in which the Cayuga sustained 46 hits.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)