Private Francis Brownell - Private Brownell is the soldier that killed James Jackson (the proprietor of the Marshall House) after Jackson killed Colonel Elmer Ellsworth for pulling down the large Confederate flag at the Marshall House. American Civil War, Civil Wars, Private Francis, American History, James Jackson, Conf Flags, Marshalls House, Francis Brownell, Honor Awards
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Col. Elmer E. Ellsworths avenger, Private Francis E. Brownell, is seen in this photograph by Mathew Brady dressed in his Zouave uniform and wearing a mourning band tied around his left arm. He is standing on the secession flag taken from the Marshall House. He is holding the rifle with the sword bayonet with which he used to kill the Alexandria secessionist, James W. Jackson.
Francis Edwin Brownell (1840 – March 15, 1894) was a soldier and recipient of the Medal of Honor for killing James W. Jackson, after he shot Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth, colonel of the 11th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Brownell's actions marked the first action in the American Civil War to merit the award.
CDV's of Francis Brownell (left) and Colonel Elmer Ellsworth. After Pres. Lincoln spotted a large Confederate flag flying over nearby Alexandria just days after Virginia's secession, Ellsworth & his Zouaves marched to take it down. In so doing, the Innkeeper, shot and killed Ellsworth. Brownell, promptly avenged his leader's death by killing the Innkeeper. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in so doing. Note the flag under Brownell's feet in photo.
Civil War Veteran - Pvt. Benjamin Franklin (c 1832 - Oct. 23, 1899), Co. H, 2nd Reg., MN Cavalry. During winter of 1865, 4 men were sent to Fort Ridgley, they were caught in a blizzard, all froze to death except Ben. After 8 days, he was found by a band of Indians who took him to the Fort, the Surgeon refused to do anything for him saying he would die but he didn't. He lost his limbs and part of his nose. He was the only Soldier of the Civil War to be Mustered out without arms or legs.