The Civil War in Missouri

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Uniform Sash of Brigadier General Mosby Monroe Parsons

1861-1865
MHM Collections

This crimson silk uniform sash belonged to Confederate Brigadier General Mosby Monroe Parsons. Born in Virginia, Parsons moved to Cole County, Missouri, as a young man. He was attorney general of Missouri in the mid-1850s and was elected to the state senate. A veteran of the Mexican-American War, Parsons commanded the 6th Division of the Confederate Missouri State Guard militia early in the Civil War. He then officially joined the Confederacy and commanded a brigade in General Sterling Price’s army. Parsons took part in several battles during the war and participated in Price’s failed raid of Missouri in 1864. At the end of the war, rather than surrender, Parsons was one of several Missouri Confederates who traveled to Mexico to join the imperialist forces of Emperor Maximilian. Parsons was killed by Mexican irregular troops in August 1865.