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Kady Brownell ~ one of 250 women who fought in the Civil War. When the Civil War began, Brownell’s soon-to-be husband, Robert Brownell, enlisted in the 1st Rhode Island Infantry; Brownell was determined to join him. Rhode Island Governor William Sprague accepted her into his unit.
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.
CHARLESWORTH, J.S.P GUNSHOT WOUND OF THE ILIUM. COL 25th OHIO VOLUNTEERS Battle of CROSS KEYS, VA 1862 CSee also P 175 & 1248 BOUND IN AMM, VOL. 13. SEE REPORT OF A.H. HERVETSON. PUB. IN VOICES OF THE CIVIL WAR: SHENANDOAH 1862