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Federal (USA)


Joseph Brownlee

(c. 1832 - ?)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 4th United States Artillery, Battery B

Before Antietam

He enlisted in New York City at about age 16 as a Private in the 3rd (?) United States Infantry on 2 March 1848. He was red haired and blue eyed and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall. He was discharged at Santa Fe, Mew Mexico, still a Private, at the end of his enlistment on 2 March 1853. He reenlisted on 20 May 1853 at Newport, KY and yet again, still at Newport, on 28 May 1858 - in Battery B, 4th US Artillery.

In 1860 he was a 26 year old Corporal with the Battery in Ruby Valley, Nevada and was listed as a Private when they joined the Army of the Potomac in 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was discharged for disability on 24 February 1863 at Belle Plain, VA, a Private.

References & notes

Basic information from Buell1 and the Registers.2 Some details from the US Census for 1860.


c. 1832; New York, NY


1   Buell, Augustus, The Cannoneer: Recollections of Service in the Army of the Potomac, Washington: The National Tribune Company, 1890, pp. 18 - 20, 42  [AotW citation 10484]

2   US Army, Registers of Enlistments in the United States Army, 1798-1914, Washington, DC: National Archives, 1956, Vol. 045, pg. 31; V. 49, p. 32; V. 053, p. 18  [AotW citation 27433]