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Samuel Arthur Brown
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1842
Carroll County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 1930
McLemoresville
Carroll County
Tennessee, USA

Civil War: Union soldier
Private, 1862-1865
Company F
52 Ind.
2nd Inf

From the county newspaper of March 14, 1930

When the news of the death of S. A. Brown of near McLemoresville was received last week, it caused sorrow to come into the hearts of a number of our citizens for "Uncle Sam" as he was familiarly called by most everybody had a legion of friends in this community. He was considered one of Carroll County's most honored citizens, having served his county in various ways, and was a leading churchman who always took active interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the old soldiers of the county.

Loved in the 5th District
age 88

Service held in McLemoresville
Buried in Liberty All Cemetery

Parents: Arthur and Mary Johnson Brown

Wife: Savannah J. Salmon (July 9, 1845-May 27, 1937) married her in Behalia, Mississippi, 61 years ago
The first three children were living at his death.

S. J. Brown (Samuel J. Brown)
Mrs. Tom M. Carter (Saphronia "Fronie" Brown)
Mrs. Cora Carter (Wife of Thomas A. Carter)
Mattie H. Brown (Alive in 1880)
Molly Brown (First wife of Tom M. Carter)

After the war, Samuel Brown was elected and held office of the Register of Carroll County for 12 years. He also served as a magistrate for several years and was Commander of the Isaac R. Hawkins Post for 25 years.

On March 5, 1892, papers were filed with the United States Government declaring Samuel Brown to be an invalid. Savannah Salmon Brown filed as a widow March 17, 1932.

The following is an account of Brown's three year stint in the Union Army written by him. I enlisted on the 24th day of March 1862 at Fort Henry, Tenn which was located on the Tennessee River about 75 miles above the mouth of the River. I enlisted in Co. F 52nd Indiana Inf. said Co was commanded by Capt. A. J. Ross. This co. was detached from the Regement and was left at Ft. Henry to garrison the place while the regement was sent to Pitsburg landing and was in the battle of Pitsburg landing. Comrades from Tenn. was as follows. Feliz W. Moore now at Union City Tenn. James D. Thompson Miland, Tenn, Cyrus G. Giles McLemoresville all living. James H. Ledsinger, James Moore, R. K. Rhoads, John R. Simpson all dead. John R. Simpson died a few years after the war the other 3 died during the war all 8 was from Carroll County, Tenn.

after staying at Ft. Henry until about the midle of July we then joined our regement at Memphis Tenn then our regement with the 178 NY and the 32 Iowa was sent to Fort Pillow where we stayed fir 16 months then about the 20 of Jan. 1864 we was ordered to join Sherman army at Vicksburg Miss. then the whole comand 16 and 17 army core was ordered out on a rade went to Jackson Mississippi our first battle or the first one I was in.

The first battle I engaged in did not have a name only a small engagement but few casualities the color bearer of the 52 Ind. was killed dont remember of any more.

We marched from Jackson Miss. to Maredian drove the enemy out and took possession. The Band of the 178 NY went to playing Dixie & went out playing Yankee Doodle we marched to Canton Mississippi and at this place my regement found the Veteran Core which gave them 30 days furlow & $300 dollars bounty but there was a few of us who did not enlist for 3 years more so we was put in the 8- Ind. & sent up Red River to reinforce Gen Nathaniel P Banks so Gen. Shumary? Loared? Banks 10,000 men under to make this hard under Gen A J Smith who had command of the 16 Army Core (see extra sheet for balance of this question)

Our first battle up Red River was the capture of Fort Dernsa? March 14, 1864 which was located on Red River. We captured the fort with but little loss. We got 200 prisoners and a lot of arms and ammunition. We then after this battle marched to Alexander, VA then we met Gen. Banks army then we started to Shrevesport, La the 10,000 under A. J. Smith was in the rear. But the Confederated objected to Banks going to Shrevesport with all that army so they met him at Mansfield and gave him and his command a terrible bad licking-this was April 8, 1864. Captured at least half of his wagon train-supplies-amunition and lost of prisners. It was badly demoralized. Now Gen. Smith was not in this fight-he being 2 days march behind Banks-so Banks men fell back one day and we marched up one day which brought us together at Pleasant Hill (April 9) 40 miles from Shrevesport. There the Confederates met Gen. Smiths men and thinking it was going to be another easy going things came onto us with there usual Rebel yell. But this little squad of 10,000 of the 16 Army Core
was stubborn and failed to move back as we was not used to being whiped. So we faught them until dark. Commencing about or a little after sunup we drove the enemy off the field and stayed there untill about 4 o'clock next morning then we fell back with Banks army badly demoralized every day skirmishing back to the mouth of Red River and while we was waiting to get across the River and Bayous the Rebels attaked us again (May the 18th) giving us a fairwell salute. Now this was the hottest little battle I was ever in. Commencing about 2 PM and lasted untill about 5 PM. Many casulities but we drove them back with many killed on both sides. Next day we crossed the bay on Pontoon bridges to the mouth of the River. After being up the river on the march from about the 10 of March until the 19 of May we now started for Memphis and here we met our 52 Ind. which had left us on a furlow and we was then back with our regement. We landed at Memphis Tenn, and after a short rest we then as we throught had orders to march through the county to Mobile Ala dont remember the date. We started and we marched to Pontotock Miss. and hear again the Confederates abjected us to going any further that way-so Gen Smith thought it advisable not to try to force his way and decided probably it might please them better for him to go back to Memphis or some where else so we filed East and let them have there way-so the Confederates was inclined to want us to hurry up consequently and they started to hurry us up and on the evening of the 13th day of July attacked our rear and give us quite a warm reception. Gen Foust being in command got his little toe shot off in that little fight and so the next day July 14 they attacked us again at old Harrisburg or better known as Tupelo. This battle lasted nearly half the day. The Confederated had to fall back with considerable loss of dead and wounded. Not being satisfied with this they attacked us again about 9 o'clock that night-The writer of this was on the skirmish line about 150 or 200 yards in front of my regement when the attack was made. I lay as flat on the ground as I possibly could so I would not stop any bulletts as they passed me by and if I could have found a hole in the ground big enough I would have crawled in but this was soon over. The Confederates was driven back with not mutch loss. Next day we resumed our march with but little happening on our way back to Memphis. We made several short raids while we stayed at Memphis for Jefferson Barracks Mo to Watch Gen. Pike who was making his way towards St. Louis on the 1st day of October we got abord freight cars went through St. Louis as-men road in 28 miles of that place. We met them at a station on the RRhoad 25 miles and turned back after a light skirmish. We followed them to Kansas and Mo line--
followed the line 2 days then turned East and went to a place called Lone Jack. They had been a little town there but then was nothing left but brick chimneys all been burned up. Thence back to Lexington thence down the Mo. River to St. Louis thence to Nashville and was in the fight at Nashville when Gen Hood made his rounds--was in the 2 days battle then we followed Hood to Tenn River-camped at East Port Miss for about 2 or 3 weeks. Thence down the Tenn river to New Orleans, arrived there on the 22nd day of Feb-Geo. Washingtons birthday-there a few days-got abord the steam ship Guiding Star for Mobile Bay of Dauphine Island there for a few days. We 4 Tennesseans got our discharge frm the army thence Ky our nearest port home which was in Carroll co Tenn. While in the service I will say I had good clowths and plenty to eat such as it was. Except at times when on a march and away from our supplies. We sometimes suffered for provisions but as a rule we had plenty-the writer never was a prisoner and only 1/2 day in hospital among my 3 yrs service.

When we landed at Paducah Ky it was dangerous for us to go home so we had to stay there untill about the 27 of May I received a letter from Home stating they thought it would be safe to come home we started and arrived at home June 1st the happiest boy you ever I saw when I met my loved ones.

The writer was never a prisoner and only 1/2 day in the hospitaL among my 3 years service.


Sources:
Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1951
Carroll County Marriages
Family Trees, Ancestry
Tennessee Civil War Veterans Questionnaires 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Savannah Jane Salmon Brown (1845 - 1937)*
 
 Children:
  Saphronia Ann Brown Carter (1881 - 1941)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Liberty All Cemetery
Huntingdon
Carroll County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Linda Marrison
Record added: Aug 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56839474
Samuel Arthur Brown
Added by: Linda Marrison
 
Samuel Arthur Brown
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