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Identifier: A1185

Title: Charles Parsons Papers, 1808-1940 (bulk 1862-1864)


Charles Parsons, son of Lewis B. and Lucinda Hoar Parsons, was born January 24, 1824, in Homer, New York. In 1851, he moved to Keokuk, Iowa, where he conducted a successful banking business. He married Martha A. Pettus in 1857. During the Civil War, Parsons was appointed assistant quartermaster with the rank of captain, and placed in charge of the St. Louis post of the Union rail and river transportation service. In this role, Parsons worked closely with his brother Lewis B. Parsons, chief of rail and river transportation. Following the war, Parsons worked with the St. Louis State Savings Association, becoming president in 1870. He died September 15, 1905, in Wequetonsing, Michigan.

Collection consists of accounts, abstracts, correspondence, bills of lading, orders, transportation passes, crew lists, charters, contracts and other types of material that document his work as assistant quartermaster in St. Louis during the Civil War. The collection includes both loose papers and bound volumes that provide extensive information on the logistics of transporting troops and supplies for the Union army in the western theater, including the Vicksburg Campaign. The collection also contains several folders of Parsons' personal papers.

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45 manuscript boxes; 3 oversize boxes; 4 oversize folders (in AMD); 33 volumes

Cite as: Charles Parsons Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1808-1940

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts




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