Brown, Henry Bradley
Age: 23, credited to Whitingham, VT
Unit(s): 8th VT INF
Service: enl 1/17/62, m/i 2/18/62, PVT, Co. H, 8th VT INF, reen 3/5/64, pr CPL, pr SGT 11/26/63, wdd, Cedar Creek, 10/19/64, m/o 6/28/65
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Birth: 11/13/1838, Whitingham, VT
Burial: Niles Cemetery, Halifax, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Tom Boudreau
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 6/26/1880
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
2nd Great Grandfather of Richard Morse, Hinsdale, NH
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Niles Cemetery, Halifax, VT
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Henry B. Brown
Henry Bradley Brown Died at 88
Whitingham Veteran of Civil War
had Notable War Record
Henry Bradley Brown, 88, of Whitingham died at his home in that town January 7, 1927. Mr. Brown was the son Deacon Aldis Brown and Mary Goodnough Brown of Whitingham and was born in Whitingham, November 13, 1838.
He enlisted in January 1862 for service in the Civil War, with the 8th Vermont, Company H. While home on furlough, he was married in Brattleboro May 22, 1864, to Sara Gates of East Burke, Vt. Mrs. Brown died December 23, 1880. Six children were born to them: Cora B., who died December 17, 1926, was the wife of J. E. Sheldon of Westmoreland, Nh.; Ola M., who died March 21, 1922, was the wife of A. P. D. Robbins of Brattleboro; Mrs. Gertrude E. Coane of Brattleboro; Susie L., wife of F. B. Stone of Jacksonville; William H. Brown of Montague Mass.; and Aldis G. Brown of Powell Butte, Ore. There are several surviving grandchildren and great - grandchildren. Of Mr. Brown's brothers and sisters there are still living Miss Eliza Brown, 90, of Westmoreland, Nh.; George Brown, 82, of Heath, Mass.; Mrs. Ophelia Snow, 75, of Whitingham; Nathan Brown, 75, of Gouveneur, Ny.; and Frank Brown, 65, of West Union, Ia.
Mr. Brown had made his home for the past 18 years, with his sister, Mrs. Ophelia L. Snow of Whitingham. With exception of a few illnesses during recent winters, he always had excellent health. The past year he had failed greatly, due principally to old age. He was ill in bed only 3 days and his mind remained clear until the very end.
The funeral service was held in the Whitingham Baptist church, following a prayer service at the house. Burial was in the Niles cemetery beside his wife. The Masonic burial service was read at the grave.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Baptist Church of Whitingham, Unity Lodge of Masons of Jacksonville, and the Grand Army Post. He was the oldest man in town as well as the oldest Civil war veteran. One other veteran, Martin Fox, who is but a few months younger than Mr. Brown.
The following is from the History of Whitingham by Jilson:
"Brown, Henry B., age 23, 8th regiment, Company H, enlisted Jan. 17, 1862, mustered into service Feb. 12, 1862, promoted corporal April 1, 1862, promoted sergeant Nov. 22, 1863, and re-enlisted March 5, 1864; went to New Orleans in March, 1862, took part in battles on Jan. 24 and April 12, 1863, was in the battle of Port Hudson May 27, participated in the assault of Port Hudson June 14, was actually engaged in the siege of Port Hudson for 42 days; acting as dispatch bearer for General Weetzel (sic) most of the time. On the fifth day of July, 1864 left New Orleans, went to Washington, D. C. and joined Sheridan's army; was in the campaign in Maryland and in the Shennaudoah (sic) Valley through the summer of 1864 was in the Battle of Fishers Hill and Cedar Creek with others of our soldiers in the 8th and 11th regiments. At the Battle of Cedar Creek Oct. 19, 1864, was wounded severely by a bullet striking in the right breast, passing round under the shoulder blade, where it still remains. This wound was received in the last charge upon the enemy. In the early part of the battle was, with many others of the regiment, surrounded by rebels and ordered to surrender, which most of them did. 'But three of us,' says Brown, 'were determined to cut our way out if possible, at all events to escape the horrors of a southern prison. So we started using our guns and bayonets to good effect and all escaped without a scratch, though eight bullets went through my clothes.' Mr. Brown was in the hospital only one week except when wounded in the whole service of three years and six months; he rejoined his regiment on Jan. 1865 and was mustered out of service June 28, 1865."
Source: Brattleboro Reformer, 9 January 1927.
Contributed by Richard Morse, Hinsdale NH, 2nd-great-grandson of Henry Bradley Brown.
8th Vermont Infantry Regimental History