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W.D. Brown

W.D. Brown

Confederate (CSA)


William Dawson Brown

(? - 1863)

Home State: Maryland

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: Chesapeake (MD) Artillery

Before Sharpsburg

From Baltimore, he helped organize the 4th Maryland Light Artillery Battery - the Chesapeake Battery - in January 1862 on the Northern Neck of Virginia. He was elected Captain on entry on Confederate service sometime before April 1862.

On the Campaign

His battery was at Harpers Ferry during the siege, and may have fired the round that mortally wounded garrison commander Colonel Miles on 16 September.

The rest of the War

He was mortally wounded in action in command of his battery at Gettysburg on 2 July 1863. He was originally buried on the field at the Benner Farm hospital, later removed to Baltimore.

References & notes

Burial information from his grave site on Findagrave with other details from Goldsborough1 and Bill Torrens via Civil War Talk. The picture here also from Findagrave - the original possibly in the collection of the Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond.


07/11/1863 Gettysburg, PA; burial in Green Mount Cemetery , Baltimore, MD


1   Goldsborough, William Worthington, The Maryland Line in the Confederate Army, 1861-1865, Baltimore: Press of Guggenheim, Weil & Co., 1900, pp. 319, 321, 324  [AotW citation 1158]