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Who was the Quartermaster General that Helped U.S. Grant Win the Civil War?

  • Grant Cottage 1000 Mt. McGregor Rd Wilton, NY 12831 (map)

Very often there is but a minimal understanding of the significance of the quartermaster’s responsibilities during the time of war.  Quartermaster General Lewis B. Parsons and his brother Quartermaster Charles Parsons demonstrated their skills for expeditiously transporting men and armament to assure victory for Grant and his generals.  The Parson Brothers became known for often making the difference between victory and defeat for the Union Army.  Program presenter John Braidwood will display copies of letters from his collection from Grant, Lincoln, Sheridan, and Stanton lauding the brothers’ brilliant war-time accomplishments.  His presentation gives credit to the men behind the scenes who are not often known, and therefore not given the credit they so richly deserved.  A quote from Secretary of War Edwin Stanton: “Quartermaster General Lewis Baldwin Parsons was without parallel in the history of moving men and armament. It is noteworthy to consider that without the involvement and leadership of General Parsons, the South may have emerged victorious!”

Earlier Event: July 7
An Enemy Alien at Grant Cottage
Later Event: July 21
Grant Remembrance Day