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General Mosby M. Parsons's order books

General Mosby M. Parsons's order books

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Finding aid for the General Mosby M. Parson's order books

BC.MSS.13.06

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

September 5, 2013



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Confederate States of America. Army. Parsons's Division.
Title: General Mosby M. Parsons's order books
Dates: 1863-1898
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains order books of the 1st Missouri Brigade of Parsons's Division, CSA.
Identification: BC.MSS.13.06
Language: English

Arrangement

This collection is contained in one box.


Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two order books of the 1st Missouri Brigade of Parsons's Division, CSA, and some related documents. One book contains an 8-page history of Parsons's Brigade from the time it was formed in January 1863 until after the Red River Campaign, June 1864. During the period covered by the entries in the books, the brigade was at Three Creeks, Arkansas, and later in Washington, Arkansas. They were written largely by the brigade's assistant inspector general, Lieutenant Jedediah Waldo.


Biographical Information

Mosby M. Parsons, born in 1822 in Virginia, moved to Cole County, Missouri, with his family in 1840. He practiced law, commanded a company in the Mexican War, and served as attorney general of Missouri. He later served in the Missouri Legislature. Parsons was active in efforts to persuade Missouri to secede, and in making military preparations for Missouri to fight for the South.

At the beginning of the war Parsons commanded the 6th Division of the Missouri State Guard. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate army in November 1862. He served as a brigade commander and later division commander in Arkansas and Louisiana. During his time in the service he participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Helena, Pleasant Hill, and Jenkins' Ferry. Parsons was appointed commander of the District of Arkansas in February 1865 and remained in that position until surrendering with other Confederate forces at Shreveport, Louisiana.

Parsons was among those who fled to Mexico at the end of the war. He became involved in fighting there and was captured by the Juaristas at Chino, Mexico, in August. He was executed on August 15, 1865, and is thought to have been buried in Mexico.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Arkansas -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Confederate States of America. Army. Parsons's Division.
Missouri State Guard.
Mitchell, Charles S., Colonel, b. 1840
Parsons, Mosby M., General, 1822-1865
Three Creeks (Union County, Ark.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
Waldo, Jedediah
Washington (Ark.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

General Mosby M. Parsons's order books, MSS.13.06, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 2013


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