Augustus Commodore Parry

AUGUSTUS COMMODORE PARRY was born December 15,1828, in New Jersey, and was brought to Cincinnati by his parents when he was an infant Both his parents died soon after, and he was left an orphan at an early age. He was apprenticed by his guardian as a tinner, then went into business for himself and operated a tinsmith's shop on Race Street between Front and Columbia Streets. In the days before the Civil War he was active as a volunteer fireman and as a member of the Rover Guards, a Cincinnati militia company. At the outbreak of the Civil War Parry was commissioned a major in the 2nd Ohio Volunteers. He took part in the first large-scale battle of the Civil War, the battle of Bull Run. Returning to Cincinnati, he was appointed major of the 47th Ohio Volunteers and went with his new regiment to western Virginia where he took part in the battle of Camifex Ferry. In January 1863 his regiment was sent to Vicksburg. Soon afterward Parry was promoted to colonel in command of the 47th Ohio. After the fall of Vicksburg, he led his regiment in the battle of Missionary Ridge and took part in the relief expedition to East Tennessee. He joined Sherman's campaign from Chattanooga to Atlanta in 1864, taking part in the battles of Resaca and Kennesaw Mountain. Parry was wounded in the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, but recovered in time to rejoin Sherman's march through Georgia and the Carolinas. He was named a brevet brigadier general near the end of the war. In the fall of 1865 he was elected treasurer of Hamilton County. But his Civil War service had taken its toll on his health, and General Parry contracted tuberculosis and died while in office on December 16,1866, at age thirty-eight

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