Sgt William Brown

Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Death 1805 (aged 44–45)
Columbia, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Burial Fulton, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
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Memorial ID 16477457 · View Source
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Revoluntionary War Continental Army Soldier. A Sergeant 5th Connecticut Infantry, he was the second American soldier to be awarded a Purple Heart. Only three were awarded, and all were given for valor (not for wounds, as today's Purple Heart Medal is given). General George Washington gave him the award (a cloth patch) for leading a dangerous assault of a kind called "forlorn hope," because few were expected to survive. Tradition says that Martha Washington sewed the award. Although he survived the war, very little is known about him.

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  • Originally Created by: Michael Cummiskey
  • Added: 5 Nov 2006
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