Russell Lassiter Brown
Submitted by Greg
Middle Name Submitted by Chuck
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
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 .
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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