Assistant quartermaster in Union Army who became Chief of Rail and River Transportation during the Civil War. Brought order and efficiency to the business of supplying the western armies with steamboats and barges by eliminating the charter system of hire. Reforms and regulations aroused considerable complaint, especially from steamboat interests. Also a lawyer, Ohio and Mississippi Railroad manager (1857-1878), and southern Illinois farmer. Active in state Democratic party politics (1876-1884) and candidate for lieutenant governor in 1880. First and second wives were nieces of Governor Ninian Edwards.
From the description of Papers, 1799-1908 (bulk 1836-1908). (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 21264485
Lewis N. Parsons was the son of Josiah Parsons of New Hampshire. Lewis Parson moved to Macon, Georgia, from New Hampshire.
From the description of Lewis N. Parsons letter, date unknown. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 163567285