Details are sketchy about the remainder of Isaiah and Dicy's life after the Civil War started. Several of their sons enlisted and fought for the Southern cause. Interviews with several old timers in the Vernon area have verified over and over the following account about the young son of Isaiah and Dicy.
"Although Benjamin Parker was a slightly built lad, he nevertheless joined the Confederate Army with his brothers. Being such a young boy, he became cold and hungry, and left camp to visit his parents. It was during this time that several of the able bodied men in the area who did not choose to fight in the war banded together and called themselves the "Home Guard." They were really referred to as the "Jayhawkers." These jayhawkers robbed their neighbors, burned the homes, and mistreated the women and children that were left unprotected. When they heard that Benjamin had come home, supposedly illegally, they went into action. They shot Benjamin and a young Luttrell boy off their horses, and chased Isaiah, Elias Haymond, and little Columbus into the swamp. Dicy and the smaller children were left at the Haymond home and were abused by the jayhawkers. While in the swamp, young Columbus died and was buried there. Benjamin Parker was buried by several of the old timers in the area."
"After the terrorizing was over, Isaiah and his son-in-law, Elias Haymond, took the family by night to Alexandria and put them on a boat headed for Illinois. At that time the South still had control of the Mississippi River, and many people were still fleeing to the North. When the boat reached Vicksburg, it was reported that Isaiah died and was buried there. Mr. Haymond and Dicy Parker along with the remaining children proceeded on up the river to Cairo, Illinois. The steamboat that they had passageon was towing a small houseboat and Dicy would put the children to sleep each night on this craft. One day her small son, Jim, heard the officers of the boat whispering that the houseboat was leaking and they expected it to go down that night. Little Jim refused to lseep there that night and told his mother what he had heard. Dicy kept the children with het that night, and sure enough the boat sank. (It was this Jim Parker who told this story to his children.)"
"The Parkers and Elias Haymond remained in Cairo for about two years. During this time, Dicy, Amanda, and Mary Alice Parker died and were buried there. At the end of the war, Mr. Haymond brought the remaining members of the family back to Louisiana and settled on his old place. Shortly after this, Harriet Parker Haymond died and was buriedon the old Haymond homestead. The grave was fenced with pickets as they were made in those days."
After the war there was no trace of Isaiah and Dicy Parker ever found.
As the Civil war continued, the "jayhawker" term came to be used by Confederates as a derogatory term for any troops from Kansas, but the term also had different meanings in different parts of the country. In Arkansas, the term was used by Confederate Arkansans as an epithet for any marauder, robber, or thief (regardless of Union or Confederate affiliation). In Louisiana, the term was used to describe anti-Confederate guerrillas, as well as free-booting bands of draft dodgers and deserters.
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MCJQ-CMC : accessed 8 September 2015), Dicy A Parker in household of Isaah Parker, Bienville parish, Bienville, Louisiana, United States; citing family 462, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
"United States Census, 1860," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFP7-Z7G : accessed 8 September 2015), Dicey Ann Parker in household of Isaiah Parker, , Rapides, Louisiana, United States; from "1860 U.S. Federal Census - Population," database, Fold3.com (http://www.fold3.com : n.d.); citing p. 148, household ID 1063, NARA microfilm publication M653 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 803,423.
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