To Edwin M. Stanton 
Dear Sir. Washington, March 9, 1865.
I have long thought that Col. Lewis B. Parsons of the Quarter-Master's Department, ought to be promoted; and this impression has been deepened by his great success in the recent matter of transporting troops from the West to the East. Is there any legal obstacle in the way? If not, let the promotion be made at once. Yours truly A. LINCOLN
 ALS, IHi. A note pencilled on the bottom of this letter by Lewis B. Parsons indicates that it was given to him by John Hay. The letter was apparently not sent to Stanton, but its text was incorporated in Lincoln's letter to Stanton, March 17, infra. In January, 1865, Colonel Parsons had superintended the transportation of the Twenty-third Army Corps (twenty thousand men, with animals and full equipment) from Mississippi to Washington.