He is buried in a simple grave in Lot 14, Section 4 of Block 59 at the Woodland Cemetery in Cleveland, Oklahoma. There are apparently no other family members buried at this site.
In 1856 he was elected prosecuting attorney for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, embracing seven counties. Declining a renomination in 1858, he entered into a partnership with James D. Conner. The firm enjoyed a large and lucrative practice until 1861.
He was married to Annie Cox of Wabash, Indiana, on July 27, 1859 at Zanesville. She was the daughter of Rev. Samuel J. Cox, a Methodist clergyman. They had a daughter named Annie who later became a school teacher. In 1860, they moved to Wabash.
On the morning after the firing upon Fort Sumter began, he announced his determination to enlist men for the defense of the Union. He immediately opened a recruiting office in his law office and soon had enough men for two complete companies of soldiers.
Parrish joined the 8th Indiana Infantry and went to the front lines of battle as a Captain.
After three months in the field he returned to Wabash and recruited two more companies of men for the war effort. At this time he was commissioned a Major. He took part in the battle of Springfield, Missouri and Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in May of 1863.
Parrish distinguished himself in several other battles and was recommended for promotion to full Colonel of the 130th Indiana Infantry. In March of 1865 he was breveted Brigadier General and placed in command of seven counties in the western district of North Carolina. He was discharged from the army on December 2, 1865.
In 1868 he resigned the Senate and accepted the appointment as Register in Bankruptcy. The following year he assumed the duties of Inspector of Customs in New Orleans, Louisana until he returned to Wabash in 1873. He was elected Mayor of that city in 1878.
On November 11, 1903, he was admitted to the Mountain Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at Jonesboro, Tennessee for three years.
He died in Cleveland, Oklahoma on September 16, 1907. Much more information and a photograph is available on General Parrish. His newspaper obituary is printed on the next page.
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