Jefferson City Missouri State Times, Cole County, Jefferson City, Missouri, 29 September 1865 Death of Monroe M. Parsons. The Telegraph announces the death of Monroe M. Parsons, formerly a citizen of this place, and later a General in the rebel army. He was killed near Camargo, Mexico, in a skirmish between the Liberals and Imperialists. It is not stated whether he fought with the former or the latter. Parsons was a prominent politician, and became at different times the incumbent of several offices. The St. Louis Republican, is however, mistaken in the assertion that he was Attorney General during Sterling Price's Gubernatorial term, or at any other term. Neither did he at one time represent the District composed of the counties of Cole, Camden, Miller and Maries, in 1860. He was appointed Bridadier General in 1861, by Calib Jackson, and went south with Price.
"Generals In Gray" by Ezra J Warner, pages 228-229 Mosby Monroe Parsons was born at Charlottesville, Virginia, May 21, 1822. He moved as a young man to Cole County, Missouri, where he studied law, and was admitted to the bar. During the war with Mexico he commanded a company of mounted volunteers. From 1853 to 1857 he was attorney general of Missouri, and subsequently was elected to the state senate. Parsons was actively allied with Governor Clairborne Jackson in an effort to hold Missouri to the Confederate cause. He commanded the 6th Division of the Missouri State Guard from the outbreak of war until he was commissioned brigadier in the Confederate service on November 5, 1862. He fought at Carthage, Springfield, and Elkhorn, and in the Arkansas campaigns of 1862 and 1863. The following year he was sent to reinforce Richard Taylor during the Red River campaign, where he was present at Pleasant Hill, and later participated in the engagements at Marks' Mills and Jenkins' Ferry against Steele. As of April 30, 1864 he was assigned to duty as a major general by Kirby Smith and was so paroled, although he was never officially appointed by the President. He accompanied Sterling Price on the 1864 raid into Missouri, and went to Mexico after the close of the war. Accounts of his death vary. It seems reasonably certain that he attached himself to the Imperialist forces, and was killed by Republican irregulars, probably on August 15, 1865, in the vicinity of China, on the San Juan River, in the state of Nuevo Leon. So far as is known, the bodies of Parsons and his five companions and ex-adjutant, Captain A. M. Standish, and A. H. Conrow, late a member of the Confederate Congress - were buried in the neighborhood.
"Medical Histories of Confederate Generals" by Jack D Welsh MD, p163-164. Mosby Monroe Parsons - Born May 21, 1822, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Served in the Mexican War. He was attorney general of Missouri from 1853 to 1857 and was then elected to the state senate. In 1861 he commanded the 6th Division of the Missouri State Guard, and he was appointed brigadier in the Confederate Army in November 1862. He was absent from his post in both December 1863 and January 1864 due to illness. On January 31 he was listed as present but not in command because he was sick. In February he asked for an additional leave on surgeon's certificate for restoration of his health. Parsons participated in the battle of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill in April 1864. For a few days in early May, he was sick while near McNutts Hill, Louisiana. At the close of the Civil War, he went to Mexico and was killed on August 15, 1865, in an engagement at Camargo on the San Juan River. He was supposedly buried near to where he was killed.
"Missouri, Day by Day" by Floyd C Shoemaker, Editor, Vol I, p349 Mosby Monroe Parsons. Mosby Monroe Parsons, born at Charlottesville, Virginia, May 21, 1822, came to Missouri in the spring of 1835, read law in Jefferson City, and was admitted to the bar in 1846. After serving in the Mexican war with Colonel Doniphan, Parsons was United States district attorney for the western district of Missouri, Cole county respresentative in 1856, and State senator in 1858. As a strong state rights Democrat, his sympathy lay with the Confederates during the Civil War. When hostilities broke out in Missouri, Governor Clairborne F. Jackson appointed him brigadier general in the Missouri State guard, and in the battle Carthage, Missouri, in July 1861, he forced the enemy to retreat toward Springfield. After the battle of Wilson's Creek, he advanced north from Springfield with General Price. During the battle of Lexington, he kept a steady fire on the Federal fortifications and cut off the enemy from food and water by sharpshooters. Parsons then directed small bodies of soldiers in a southern campaign against guerrilla bands operating on the Pomme de Terre river in Benton and Hickory counties and against the Union forces south of Rolla. In 1861-1862, he joined Price in northwest Arkansas and was defeated in the battle of Pea Ridge. In April after Price had joined the Confederate army, Governor Jackson detailed Parsons to command the Missouri State guard. Concentrating his forces on White river, he continually worried and threatened the Federals at Springfield and Rolla. In September he led a large force north into Oregon county. Commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate army, November 5, 1862, and a major general the following summer, he operated chiefly in Arkansas, directing the attack at Helena, Arkansas, July 4, 1863. When the conflict ended he went to Mexico where a band of robbers captured him near Monterey, August 14 or 15, 1865.
Jefferson City Jefferson Inquirer, Cole County, Jefferson City, Missouri, 8 July 1853 Died. In this City about three o'clock, yesterday morning, Mrs. Mary, consort of Capt. M. M. Parsons, and daughter of the Hon. R. W. Wells.
Jefferson City Cole County Democrat, Cole County, Jefferson City, Missouri, 25 January 1889 Death of Kearney Parsons. Mr. Kearney Parsons, who had been sick for the past two weeks, died at 12 o'clock Wednesday night. His death was caused by a combination of bronchitis and pneumonia. The names of his grandfather Gen. G. A. Parsons and his father Gen. Monroe Parsons are familiar to the citizens of this state and county. Kearney was in his 38th year, and recognized by all who knew him to be a liberal and social gentleman.
Gustavus Adolphus and Patience Monroe (Bishop) Parsons Family
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