E.S. Parker

E.S. PARKER makes an excellent every day carry knife. Made from O1 tool steel, the overall full tang blade length fits comfortably in your hand at 6 1/2″ while the 2 3/4″ blade length allows you to get into tight spots easily. The stunning Lacewood and G10 handle is hand-shaped then coupled with white liners and stainless pins. A handsome leather sheath comes with E.S. PARKER.

Overall Length: 6 1/2”

Blade Length: 2 3/4”


Availability: 24 in stock (can be backordered)

American Hero

Ely Samuel Parker

1828 Indian Falls, New York – August 31, 1895 (aged 66–67) Fairfield, Connecticut

Ely Parker
Ely Parker

When Robert E. Lee met with Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia, on the momentous morning of April 9, 1865, the Union commander insisted on introducing his staff members to Lee individually. The Rebel leader, ever courteous, shook each man’s hand. Among the men in Grant’s entourage was Lieutenant Colonel Ely Parker, a Seneca Indian. Lee hesitated upon meeting the swarthy Parker, apparently mistaking him for a freedman or mulatto; however, he quickly realized his error, extending his hand to Parker with the gracious comment, ‘I am glad to see one real American here.’ Parker accepted the proffered handshake, responding, ‘We are all Americans.’

Although Ely Parker is best known for his role in drafting the terms of surrender that ended the Civil War, his life’s work was far greater than that single act. This ‘one real American,’ as General Lee referred to him, was born destined for greatness, or so it had been prophesied. In 1828, four months before his birth at the Tonawanda Seneca reservation in Indian Falls, N.Y., Parker’s mother had an unsettling dream in which she beheld a broken rainbow reaching from the home of Indian agent Erastus Granger, in Buffalo, to the reservation. Troubled, Elizabeth Johnson Parker (known to her people as Gaontguttwus) visited a Seneca dream interpreter in an attempt to better understand what she had seen. His translation of her vision was nothing less than spectacular. The dream interpreter told Parker: ‘A son will be born to you who will be distinguished among his nation as a peacemaker; he will become a white man as well as an Indian, with great learning; he will be a warrior for the palefaces; he will be a wise white man, but will never desert his Indian people or ‘lay down his horns as a great Iroquois chief’; his name will reach from the East to the West–the North to the South, as great among his Indian family and the palefaces. His sun will rise on Indian land and set on the white man’s land. Yet the land of his ancestors will fold him in death.’

From History Net: Ely Parker: Iroquois Chief and Union Officer: https://www.historynet.com/ely-parker-iroquois-chief-and-union-officer.htm


Ely Samuel Parker, born Hasanoanda, later known as Donehogawa, was a Seneca attorney, engineer, and tribal diplomat. He was commissioned a lieutenant colonel during the American Civil War, when he served as adjutant and secretary to Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. He wrote the final draft of the Confederate surrender terms at Appomattox. Later in his career, Parker rose to the rank of brevet brigadier general. President Grant appointed him as Commissioner of Indian Affairs, the first Native American to hold that post.

From Wikipedia: Ely S. Parker: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ely_S._Parker


*note: Discrepancies (particularly in dates and names) are left as printed from their original sources. Due to the lack of status among non-whites historically, records were not accurately kept.

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