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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Francis Edwin Brownell

  • Rank: Private (Highest Rank: First Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A,
    11th New York Infantry (Ellsworth's Zouaves)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 24, 1861
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Killed the murderer of Col. Ellsworth at the Marshall House, Alexandria, Va. First Civil War deed to merit Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor Recipient Francis E. Brownell
Medal of Honor Recipient Francis E. Brownell
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Troy, Rensselaer County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 26, 1877
  • Born: 1840, Troy, Rensselaer County, NY, United States
  • Died: March 15, 1894, Washington, DC, United States
  • Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery (PM) (40-2316), St. Louis, MO, United States
  • Location of Medal: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

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