Russell Lassiter Brown

Submitted by Greg Curtis
Middle Name Submitted by Chuck Smith
Photo is used with permission from Chuck Smith

Jackson Van Buren Brown was the 1st son of William Sanford and Nancy Dykes Brown and their 2nd son was Russell Lassiter Brown. The two of them fought together at the Battle of Shiloh. The brothers made a pact to be sure to find the other at the end of battle. It is most likely both men fought under General Leonidas Polk's Division, as most of the Tennessee soldiers were thus assigned. This being the case, the brothers were in the forefront of the Battle at Shiloh Church where the worst of the fighting occurred. Both brothers were wounded. A fellow soldier, knowing where one brother had fallen, carried the other to his side so that the brothers' pact was fulfilled. Both survived the war and lived long lives in Grundy County, TN.
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Pvt. R. L . Brown - Was born in Warren County in 1842. He was living in Grundy Co. at the beginning of the War. He and his brother enlisted 5/18/61 in the 16th Tn. Infantry company H. During the Ky. campaign Russell and his brother were both wounded at the battle of Perryville and taken to the hospital in Harrodsburg. Russell states that he was shot through the left hip and witnessed his brother being wounded during the fighting. He was captured and exchanged at City Point, Va. in 1863. While in captivity he had a "long spell of fever while there". Says he was sick with the fever during the Cheat Mountain Campaign and fought in the battles of Franklin and Nashville. After the battle of Nashville while in Columbia his feet were bleeding and he headed home. He states that a Yankee bought him some shoes.

After the War he married Janie Lockhart of Grundy County. He died 5/14/1932 and his wife died 7/5/1953. They are buried at Browns Chapel in Palmer Tn.

His wife was the last widow of the 16th Tennessee to file a petition.

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