Served in Indian Territory, 1876-1877; Mexican Border disturbances, 1878-1879; Ute Indian campaign, 1879-81; Geronimo Apache Campaign, Arizona, 1885-86; Instructor of Cavalry, West Point, 1894-98; Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, 1898-1901. Assistant Adjutant General at Washington, D.C., 1901-1093. Member of Board of Cavalry Drill Regulations, 1902. In charge of Militia Division, War Dept., 1903-04. President of the board charged with revision of small arms firing regulations, 1904. Adjutant General of Northern Division United States Army, 1904-05. Director Cavalry School, Fort Riley, Kansas, 1905-06. With Cuban Army of Pacification, 1906-09. Commander 11th Cavalry at Fort Ogelthorpe, Georgia, 1909-1912. Appointed Brigadier General, March 3, 1913. Commander Mobilization Troops in Brownsville District, Texas, 1916 (30,000 men). Commander of First Provisiional Division, Southern Dept., 1927 (sic - 1917?). Commanded Southern Dept., June to August, 1917. Appointed Major General and placed in command of 32nd Division, August, 1917. Ordered to France on observation duty, October 1917. In action near Armentieres, Saint Quentin, and Chemin des Dames. Transferred to 85th Division, December 1917. Retired for age by operation of law, February 20, 1918. Cited for gallantry in actions of Devil's River, New Mexico, also San Mateo, Manaoag, Vigan, Philippine Islands, receiving the Medal of Honor and three silver stars. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal for distinguished and meritorious service during World War. Retired with rank of Major General U.S.A. (Stuart, Inglis. "Mayflower ancestry of Elizabeth Ely Goodrich and her descendants." N.Y. : Rhinebeck Gazette Press, ca. 1930)

Philippine Insurrection Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He rose to Major General in the United States Army. He was awarded the CMOH while a Lieutenant Colonel in the 45th United States Volunteer Infantry, for action in Vigan, Luzon, Philippine Islands on December 4, 1899. His citation reads "While in command of a small garrison repulsed a savage night attack by overwhelming numbers of the enemy, fighting at close quarters in the dark for several hours." His son, Cortland Parker, alos became a Major General in the United States Army, serving during World War I, and as a Infantry Division Commander during World War II.

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