Alfred Brown

BirthOct. 20, 1841
DeathFeb. 23, 1933
CemeteryGlenwood (Glenwood)
PostWillich (Palmer)
Unit53rd Ohio Infantry, Company I

Sergeant Alfred Brown

Company I, 53rd Ohio Infantry

Brown was born in Meigs County, Ohio on October 20, 1841. He enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on October 26, 1861. Brown served about 45 months with the regiment. He was mustered out on August 11, 1865 at Little Rock, Arkansas. Brown re-enlisted in the spring of 1864 and received 2 promotions during his enlistment. He was promoted to corporal on February 13, 1862 and sergeant before his discharge.

The 53rd Ohio Infantry was organized at Jackson, Ohio from September 3, 1861 to February 11, 1862. During Brown’s enlistment the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. A partial list includes:

Battle of Shiloh (TN) (April 6-7, 1862).

Siege of Corinth (MS) (April 29-May 30, 1862).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (June 12-July 4, 1863).

Atlanta Campaign (GA) (May-September, 1864).

Battle of Kenesaw Mountain (GA) (June 1864).

Siege of Atlanta (GA) (July 22-August 25, 1864).

Operations against General Hood in Georgia and Alabama (September 29-November 3, 1864).

General Sherman’s “March to the Sea” (GA) (November 15-December 10, 1864).

Siege of Savannah (GA) (December 10-21, 1864).

Campaign of the Carolinas (NC/SC) (January-April 1865).

Battle of Bentonville (NC) (March 20-21, 1865).

At the Bennett House (Raleigh NC) when Confederate General Johnston surrendered the Army of Tennessee. (April 26, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 24, 1865).

Brown died on February 23, 1933 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Glenwood Cemetery in Glenwood (Nance County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Willich Post (#289) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Palmer. In addition he was a member of the Buford Post (#23) of the GAR in Central City, Nebraska.

The “Find-a-Grave” website includes an excellent description of Brown’s life. Some of the points include:

Brown’s younger brother (Harvey) was a Civil War soldier and was killed on May 17, 1864 at the Battle of Resaca in Georgia.

Brown moved to Nebraska in 1872 and settled in the St. Paul area.

He moved to the western part of Nance County in 1878.

Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.