The A. P. Parker family, as first time settlers of our Flo Community, and with
strong beliefs of the Confederacy cause were the first of our Flo Settlement to
join in on the preparation of forming the Leon County hunters. All four of
their sons were eager and proud to serve as Confederate soldiers and all of
their son-in-laws also served of the Confederacy. Two of the A. P. Parker sons
enlisted in the Louisiana and two in Texas Jefferson Alsberry Parker, private of
company B. 28th Grays Louisiana Infantry, Monroe, Louisiana. Perry Anderson
Parker, Private Bridges Battery Louisiana.
The Anderson Peter Parker Family of Kidd's Mills and Flo Communities who were
first time settlers of Flo communities were most dedicated of the south Anderson
Peter Parker from North Carolina, Mississippi came to Flo in 1850, with his wife
Mary (Graham) Parker, his four sons Perry Anderson, Jefferson, Elisha, Andrew
Jackson, and daughters Suzanna, Nancy Ann, Mary Margaret, Emanda, and Emmaline
to purchase a farm and to provide a better home place for his family and to
escape the harshness of conflicts of the winds of war between the states.
Anderson Peter Parker so strong of the Southern cause had already been involved
of individual first fights of his own due to the cause before the war ever
started he making the statement if there was a battle every son of his would
join the war and when the Confederacy of Leon County became organized with
soldiers in 1861, Anderson was one of the first to help get Flo men and boys
enlisted all four of his sons enlisted as confederate soldiers. Jefferson
Parker served in the 28th Gray's Louisiana Infantry.
Perry Parker served in bridges battery artillery in Louisiana, Roll of
prisoner and was paroled Greensboro North Carolina. Andrew Jackson Parker
enlisted in Texas and served in many battles. Elisha Parker joined Co. A Teas
Regiment, Burnett's Dismounted Calvary and he also joined in with Co. C Hood's
Andrew Parker enlisted in Texas and served in Texas Regiment with
Captain J. J. McBride. He suffered disease, cold, hunger, only had one shirt
one pair of pants, no socks, and made shoes of cow hides. He fought in many
battles, some being Boonesborough Gap, second Manassas, Siege of Knoxville,
Battle of the Wilderness and the bloodiest battle of the war the Gettysburg.
Andrew Jackson Parker recognized notable Texas confederate soldier of the Texas
Brigade who received orders from General Robert E. Lee to go to the Front of the
Battle of the Wilderness this Texas Regiment being noted as the Texas soldiers
who never failed General Lee.
All the Anderson Peter Parker sons returned home to Flo lived in Flo,
married, owned much land, were farmers, ranchers, and were important of the
establishment of churches, schools, businesses, and today the Parker Land is
still owned by their ancestors.
The Anderson Peter Parker Family stayed strong of the southern cause
all of their lives, they formed programs of the southern aid cause of beneficial
needs of the veterans and the families of the Confederate Soldiers and today
these Parker ancestors carry on with the Confederate inheritance of the
perseverance of historical sites and memorable programs of Confederacy. The
Anderson Peter Parker family was all confederate heroes.
Leon County was most important and well recognized of the
confederacy. In 1861 there were over 300 men and boys from the ages of 12 to 55
living in Leon County. Judge W. D. Wood of Leon County wrote in his Leon County
sketches, 700 men and boys of Leon County served in the Confederate war even
before the first confederate company was formed in Leon County. The younger
boys and men went to surrounding counties and states to enlist. Some 12 year
olds lied about their ages from 16 to 35 were to enlist.