William T Brown

BirthFeb. 6, 1841
DeathOct. 23, 1911
CemeteryNorth Platte (North Platte)
PostWilliams (Axtell)
Unit59th Illinois Infantry, Company B

Private William T Brown

Company B, 59th Illinois Infantry

Brown was born in Ohio on February 6, 1841. Brown was living in Ellison (Warren County), Illinois when he enlisted and was mustered in the regiment on July 17, 1861. Brown served nearly 4 years before being mustered out on July 11, 1865. He re-enlisted on January 12, 1864.

The 59th Illinois Infantry had an interesting origin. The unit was organized in St Louis as the 9th Missouri Infantry on September 18, 1861. Company B (along with Companies A, C, and D) were organized at Cape Girardeau on August 6, 1861. The designation of the regiment was changed to the 59th Illinois Infantry on February 12, 1862. During Brown’s enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and military operations. Some of them include:

Battle of Pea Ridge (AK) (March 7-8, 1862). Regimental losses were 16 killed and 4 wounded.

Siege of Corinth (MS) (May 26-30, 1862).

Battle of Perryville (KY) (October 8, 1862). Regimental losses were 27 killed and 3 wounded.

Battle of Stone’s River (TN) (December 30-31, 1862 – January 1-3, 1863).

Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1-September 8, 1864).

Battle of Resaca (GA) (May 14-15, 1864).

Battle of Peach Tree Creek (GA) (July 19-20, 1864).

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

Pursuit of General Hood (AL) (October 3-26, 1864).

Battle of Franklin (TN) (November 30, 1864).

Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).

Brown did on October 23, 1911. He is buried in the North Platte Cemetery in North Platte (Lincoln County), Nebraska. He was a charter member of the Williams Post 9 (#202) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Axtell, Nebraska.

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