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Civil War Soldiers - Parsons
|Parsons, Lewis B., brigadier-general,
U.S. Army, was born in Genesee county, N. Y., April 5, 1818. He was
graduated at Yale in 1840, studied law at Harvard, was admitted to the
bar and settled in Alton, Ill., where for several years he held the
office of city attorney. In 1853 he moved to St. Louis, Mo., where he
became president and treasurer of the Ohio & Mississippi railroad, and
early in the Civil war he was one of a commission appointed to examine
into the administration of Gen. John C. Fremont in Missouri. He was
appointed colonel of volunteers and assigned to the staff of Gen. H.
W. Halleck, Feb. 19, 1862, with the charge of railroad transportation
in his department, which was subsequently extended to include the
entire country west of the Alleghanies, and in 1864 he was placed in
charge of all railway and river army transportation in the United
States. Perhaps his most noteworthy feat in railroad army
transportation was that of transferring the army of Gen. John M.
Schofield from Mississippi to Washington, D. C. This force, consisting
of 20,000 men, was transferred a distance of 1,400 miles, in Jan.,
1865, in an average time of eleven days, and in recognition of the
service he was promoted brigadier- general of volunteers May 11, 1865.
He was brevetted major-general of volunteers, April 30, 1866, and was
honorably mustered out at that time.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908