Rank and organization: Captain of the Forecastle, U.S. Navy. Born: 1823,
Schenectady, N.Y. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Citation: On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts
and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite
damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked
her decks, Parks performed his duties with skill and courage throughout
a furious 2_hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram
Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
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)