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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 the Antietam Campaign:
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.

In the Antietam 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 remainder 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, Sources, and other 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.

Death Date: 07/11/1863    Death Place: Gettysburg, PA    Burial Place: 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]

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