William Brown

William L. Brown (abt. 1839 - 1863)

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Pvt. William L. Brown
Born about in Pittsylvania, Virginia, United Statesmap
Son of and [mother unknown]
Brother of
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[children unknown]
Died in Scotland, St. Mary's, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Categories: Battle of Gettysburg | Prisoners of War, Confederate States of America, United States Civil War | Died while Prisoner of War, Confederate States of America, United States Civil War | 38th Regiment, Virginia Infantry (Pittsylvania Regiment), United States Civil War.


Space:Company E Roster
Pvt. William Brown served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: 1862
Mustered out:
Side: CSA
Regiment(s): 38th Virginia Infantry

First noted in 1850 in Pittsylvania, Virginia, William L. Brown was born about 1839 in Pittsylvania to Obediah and Sallie Brown.

Parents were wed in 1819 in Pittsylvania, and that 1850 record would reveal 7 known children. There were at least two additional sons, as the 1830 census of Pittsylvania would show Obediah and Sallie with two sons under 10, and those two were not listed in 1850.

Known children(estimated birth):

  1. Leatha W. 1821
  2. Tabetha I. 1823
  3. Nancy F. 1825
  4. Milley W. 1832
  5. Maria A. 1835
  7. John T. Brown 1840

In 1860 in southern Pittsylvania, most of the children were still living with their parents, William L. Brown included. Sisters Tabetha, Nancy, Milley were not present, possibly they were married.

William L. Brown and brother John T. Brown would enlist in the CSA, both joining the 38th Virginia Infantry, Company E. John enlisted in 1861, William in 1862.

William and John were taken prisoner during the Battle of Gettysburg. John was wounded and sent to a Baltimore hospital and eventually released("paroled") William, meanwhile did a tour of three prisons: Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, Fort Delaware. and lastly to the infamous Point Lookout Prison in southern Maryland. On December 12, 1863, William L. Brown died at the prison, one of well over 3,000 to suffer that fate.

Brother John would return to duty. He was wounded again in May of 1864 and hospitalized. He was taken prisoner for a second time on April 1, 1865, just prior to surrender papers being signed at the McLean House in Appomattox. John would be held at Point Lookout for two months before being released.


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