|Birth: ||Apr. 4, 1842|
|Death: ||Aug. 27, 1910|
Le Sueur County
William Brown was born in Standing Stone Township, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, on April 4, 1842. He moved with his parents to Michigan in 1851, where they resided until 1856, when the family moved to Minnesota. On August 14th they arrived on the west side of Lake Sakatah, near Waterville. William was considered to be the main support for the family, by way of hunting and trapping, until the war broke out and he enlisted. On Sept. 13, 1861 he was mustered into Company G of the First Minnesota. He was 19 when he left his younger brothers to take care of the family.
William was used to help replace the shrunken ranks of men from the First Minnesota. The Battle of Bull Run had depleted its ranks through death and men being discharged for disability. William was 5' 7-1/2" tall, had a light complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. He listed his occupation as being a hunter. He fought in all but one of the battles the regiment participated in, including the battles of Fair Oaks, Seven Days Battles, Antietam and Fredericksburg.
On July 2, 1863, at the battle of Gettysburg, it was William Brown who shot and killed Confederate General William Barksdale. According to an affidavit to William Lochren on Dec. 13, 1889, L.Z. Rogers stated that he saw Brown shoot Barksdale off his bay horse. William was also wounded during the battle and was subsequently sent to the General Hospital. He returned to active duty on Dec. 10, 1863.
When the First Minnesota's three year service was over, William was transferred to the First Battalion, to finish his three years enlistment. He was mustered out on Sept. 14,, 1864.
Many of the men decided to continue their service but not actively on the front lines. They joined the Veteran Reserve Corps, which was generally made up of men who had been wounded or had a disability, which warranted that they not serve on the front lines. Some of the men from the First who joined Company A of the 9th US Veteran Reserve Corps were: Minor Atherton, William W. Brown, James Cleary, Edward B. Price and Andrew Quist.
After the war, he returned to Minnesota. In 1909 he was living in Waterville, but he died in Cordova, Mn. on August 27, 1910.
Lord Brown (1815 - 1905)
Minerva Elvira Vaughan Brown (1819 - 1901)
Collins Mitchell Brown (1842 - 1941)*
William Wallace Brown (1842 - 1910)*
William Wallace Brown (1842 - 1910)
Newton Brown (1845 - 1932)*
Edward Mitchell Brown (1847 - 1938)*
Charles Ezekiel Brown (1854 - 1937)*
John Laurence Brown (1856 - 1952)*
Lake Gorman Cemetery
Le Sueur County
Plot: Sec, E - Confirmed that the Headstone is Missing
Maintained by: Robert
Originally Created by: Roger Richardson
Record added: Dec 18, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17076937