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Brush, Josephus Wilson


Age: 40, credited to Fairfax, VT
Unit(s): 14th IA INF, 25th IA INF
Service: enl 10/2/61, m/i DRMR, Co. D, 14th IA INF, 11/2/61, pr DRMMAJ 11/6/61, m/o 3/30/62, Pittsburg Landing, TN; enl 8/2/62, comn 2LT, Co. C, 25th IA INF, 9/11/62, m/o 1/14/63

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Birth: 02/11/1820, Fairfax, VT
Death: 08/13/1911

Burial: London Cemetery, Peru, NE
Marker/Plot: Section 1, #94
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Hoy Eltiste
Findagrave Memorial #: 64685040


Alias?: None Noted
Pension?: Yes, 12/26/63; widow Clarisa J., 12/11/1911, NE
Portrait?: Unknown
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)

Remarks: Unknown


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London Cemetery, Peru, NE

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Major Brush Who Fought
Under Two Flags In
Three War Is Dead

Joseph W. Brush, pioneer and soldier, and is one of the unique figures of the county died at his home in this city, August 13, 1911. At the great age of ninety years, six months and two days.

Mr. Brush was a veteran of the Mexican war, one of the California Argonauts, a soldier of the civil war, and a pioneer of Nebraska.

The deceased was born at Fairfax, Vermont, February 11, 1820. He was married to his first wife, Adeline Sattuck, April 3, 1842. She died March 8, 1846. He was married the second time to Clarice Jane Curtis, October 12, 1854. To the first union was born Mary Ann Brush and to the second union eleven children, namely Doris E. Brush, who now lives in Texas; Anderson P. Brush, of Glenrock; Brown Lee Brush, deceased; Thomas Brush, deceased; Jay H. Brush, deceased; Thomas Brush, of California, Charles J. Brush. Auburn; Mrs. Emma Holloway. Mrs. Sarah Adcock, dead. Mrs. Anna Lorance, Omaha; Mrs. Nellie Porter, Table Rock; Clarisa Brush, dead.

The life of Major Brush, which spanned nearly a century. was a most eventful one. In his youth he entered a woolen factory in Toronto, Canada, where he worked for some time. He was a member of a military band when the Canadian Insurrection occurred in 1837-8 and was in the engagement known as the battle of the windmills, at the outlet of Lake Champlain. In this war Canada tried to get rid of English rule.

In 1841, with eight other young men he went to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to install a woolen factory. At the time Ft. Wayne was an important trading post for the Pottawatomie Indians. Col. Winfield Scott was in command of the post at the time, Mr. Brush joined the command of Col. Scott in 1848 and he helped to move the Indians. 1.500 strong to their new reservation beyond the Missouri river. On the first of October of that year he with 500 other soldiers and the band of Indians arrived at Nebraska City, which was then Ft. Kearney. The first camp was on the farm owned by J. Sterling Morton and Major Brush killed a buffalo near the mouth of the creek on that farm. Afterward camps were made at Camp Creek, Glenrock, and Pawnee City. Elk and buffalo were plentiful in the county at the time.

He mustered out, In the spring of the following year and he returned to his home in Vermont. He told stories of the wonderfully fertile land of the west and urged people to go out and settle there. Finally, his father warned him to quit as he would get the reputation of being the biggest liar on earth.

When James K. Polk issued his call for 50,000 troops to fight Mexico. Major Brush again enlisted to the army. He was a member of the army of the West and was with it when it was assembled at Ft. Leavenworth. He was mustered in at New York City, and was a member of the 2nd Indiana infantry. He took part In the battles of Buena Vista. Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo. He served in this war three years and fifteen days.

In 1850, with a wagon train of fifty vehicles, he again visited Nebraska. He was with a party of gold seekers that were on their way overland to California. He tried mining Sutter's mills, where gold was first discovered, and afterward kept a hotel at Sacramento. He had as borders at his place such well-known Nebraska pioneers as Patrick Daugherty, of South Auburn, Dr. H. L. Matthews who died a few years ago; Jesse Cole. Sr., and his two sons, John and Jesse, Jr., and a man named Robinson, who afterwards kept the American house at Brownville.

The major enlisted in the army again at the outbreak of the Civil War and was in a number of sharp engagements and battles. He came to this county in 1865, at the conclusion of the civil war and was for years one of the most highly respected citizen. He first located in London precinct. A number of years ago he came to Auburn and on every Fourth of July, and on Decoration day for years and years, until he finally became incapacitated, he played the drum while William Paris played the fife.

Among the other things that distinguished Major Brush, was the fact that he was undoubtedly the oldest Mason in the state. He joined the organization when he was twenty-one years of age and was a member of the order for 69 years. He was initiated in the historic Vergennes lodge, at Vergennes, Vermont.

Major Brush was a man of the strongest character. He was a true patriot, honest and upright in everything that he did. He was a member of the M. E. church. The funeral took place Tuesday morning and was very largely attended. The interment was in the family plot in London cemetery where the major lived for so many years.

The bereaved relatives and family have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Source: Nemaha County Republican, August 18, 1911