James Parker, Artificer, First Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment, ca. 1863Item 82152 info
Mount Desert Island Historical Society
James M. Parker of Somesville joined the 18th Maine Regiment, later renamed the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment, in 1862.
After serving on garrison duty in forts near Washington, D.C., the regiment was ordered to serve as infantry during the Overland Campaign in the spring of 1864.
Parker was killed in the regiment's charge against Confederate fortifications near Petersburg Virginia on June 18, 1864.