08 June 2008

Medal of Honor: F. E. Brownell


Private, Company A, 11th New York Infantry (Ellsworth's Zouaves)

Born: 1840, Troy, New York
Died: 15 March 1894, Washington, DC

Citation: Killed the murderer of Colonel Ellsworth at the Marshall House Alexandria, Va [on 24 May 1861].

Note: The earliest Civil War deed for which the Medal of Honor was awarded. Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union casualty of the Civil War, was shot by James T Jackson, the proprietor of an Alexandria hotel, after he tore down the Confederate flag flying over the hotel.

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