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Harry Jeremiah Parks
Born (1848-02-24)February 24, 1848
Died October 19, 1927(1927-10-19) (aged 79)
Place of birth Orangeville, New York
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Rank Captain
Unit 9th New York Cavalry
1st Colorado Light Artillery
Battles/wars American Civil War
*Battle of Cedar Creek
Spanish-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Harry Jeremiah Parks (February 24, 1848–October 19, 1927) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the American Civil War.


Harry Jeremiah Parks, not Henry Parks, a farm boy from Orangeville, New York, Parks ran away from home twice to join the Union Army. He signed his name as Jeremiah Parks, using his middle name to escape from his father James Parks who had brought him back once before. He mustered in at Lockport, New York, shortly before his 16th birthday and was assigned as a private to Company A of the 9th New York Cavalry. Serving under General Philip Sheridan, Parks rode into battle on October 19, 1864 at Cedar Creek, Virginia, capturing the "Bonnie Blue Flag" and several prisoners. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions a week later, on October 26, 1864. At age sixteen, Parks is one of the youngest recipients of the medal.

Parks again served during the Spanish-American War, rising to the rank of captain and serving with Battery A of the 1st Colorado Light Artillery. He died at age 79 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

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Medal of Honor

Headstone of Harry Parks

Headstone of Harry Parks at Arlington National Cemetery.

Rank and Organization:

Private, Company A, 9th New York Cavalry. Place and Date: At Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864. Entered Service At: Orangeville, N.Y. Born: February 24, 1848, Orangeville, N.Y. Date of Issue: October 26, 1864.


While alone and in advance of his unit and attempting to cut off the retreat of a supply wagon, he fought and sent to flight a Confederate color bearer. After capturing the color bearer and leaving him in the rear, he returned to the front and captured 3 more wagons and drivers.[1]

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