Probably the best most recent books on the Brigade are Anne Bailey's....Between the Enemy and Texas and In the Saddle With the Texans.The later is the transcribed Brigade Order Book from the original in the library at Waxahachie,Tx.
You are probably aware that Parks was 42 years old in 1862.A native of Tennessee,he enlisted from Ellis County where he was court clerk.He claimed $1,950 in real estate and $2,550 in personal property on the 1860 census.
You may find this interesting.All from the Brigade Order Book.
Camp Walker,Texas May 8,1865
To JC Breckinridge Sec of War
Abraham A Kemble,a private in Co.C,19th.Tx Cavalry appointed by Parsons as Assistant Commissary of Subsistence with the rank of Major.
I.Vacancy caused by resignation of Maj.Byrd.
II.Kemble is 38 years old,was born in Warren Co.Ky.and now resides in Ellis Co.,Tx.
III.Although he has never acted in this capacity,he has for the past three years,been an agent in the Quarter masters Dept.connected with this Brigade,in the active field.
IV.His ability,energy and tact,have reccommended him to my notice;and much needing a man of his capacity,to supply the commissariat of such a large body of troops.I respectfully urge his appointment.He can furnish the bond required by law.
My GGgf Ed Davis and Uncle Robert were in Co.G,19th Texas Cavalry.Burford is buried in the downtown dallas cemetery.