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Confederate (CSV)

Corporal

Richard M. Brown

(c. 1834 - 1862)

Home State: South Carolina

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 2nd South Carolina Cavalry

Before Sharpsburg

Age 28, he enlisted in February 1862 and mustered as 2nd Corporal, 2nd SC Cavalry in August 1862.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded by a gunshot to his left thigh, his femur broken, in a skirmish in the streets of Frederick, MD on 14 September

The rest of the War

He was initially treated by a Confederate surgeon but was captured by Federal troops sometime afterward. He was admitted to US Army General Hospital #1 in Frederick, MD on 23 September. His leg had shortened and was put in traction and by 15 October he was discharging blood and pus from infection. His wound was opened and drained and he seemed to be improving, but beginning on 29 October "rapid emaciation took place, and the patient became so thin that the pulsations of the aorta were visible." He died of his wounds and infection on 7 November 1862. The bullet was found behind the head of his femur only on a post-mortem examination.

References & notes

His service from Thomson.1 Wound and hospital details from Otis,2 as Private Richard M. B----. His memorial is on Findagrave; his modern stone has him as Private, Company B, 2nd Infantry, in error. His original stone says "K.M. Brown | 2nd S.C. Cav. | Died Nov. 8th, 1863."

Birth

c. 1834

Death

11/07/1862 Frederick, MD; burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick, MD

Notes

1   Thomas, John P., and and previous SC Historians of the Confederate Records, Confederate Rolls of South Carolina, Columbia: Historian of Confederate Records, 1898, Roll of Company C, Second Regiment of Cavalry  [AotW citation 23353]

2   Otis, George Alexander, A Report on Excisions of the Head of the Femur for Gunshot Injury, Washington: US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, 1869, pg. 96  [AotW citation 23354]