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John Parks enlistment papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P980


Enlistment papers for John Parks to join the 2nd Kansas Colored Volunteers, who promised to serve three years in the Army of the United States. Single leaf document, double-sided, co-signed by John Hayes, Jr., second lieutenant and recruiting officer for the 2nd Regiment of Kansas Colored Volunteers. Signed at Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas.


  • Creation: October 1, 1863

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Biography of John Parks (1836- )

On his enlistment papers, John Parks indicates he was 27 years old in October 1863 and had been born in Franklin County, Arkansas. He gave his occupation as laborer.

The Second Kansas (Colored) Volunteers were formed in June 1863 at Fort Scott, Kansas after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and the U.S. Army began actively recruiting African American units. The regiment escorted a train to Fort Smith, Arkansas in October 1863 and apparently conducted further enlistments while there.

The regiment remained on duty at Fort Smith until March 1864. It saw action at Jenkins' Ferry in April 1864. In December 1864, the regiment was reorganized as the 83rd Regiment of the U.S. Colored Infantry. It was discharged at Leavenworth, Kansas in November 1865.

[Information retrieved from collection materials and National Park Service, "83rd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry--New Organization (2nd Regiment, Kansas Colored Infantry," available online at]


1 folder ; Folder measures 22x37 cm.

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Physical Location

RH MS P980

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Between the Covers, 2021.

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John Parks enlistment papers, RH MS P980, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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