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J. Thompson Brown UCV & Virginia's Commissioner, Gettysburg 1913 Reunion Card


A neat and very hard to find card from John Thompson Brown of the 20th Virginia Infantry and Parker Light Artillery.† I have never seen so much information put on a card!† Brown was Lt. General Commanding Department† of the† Army of Northern Virginia, U.C.V.† He was Virginia's commissioner for the 1913 Gettysburg reunion.† In the left corner of the card are six flags - D.C., W.VA., VA., S.C., N.C., and MD. surrounding a Confederate battle flag.† Written above the flags is "Department Army of Northern Virginia.† Additional writing on the front of the card is "R.E. Lee Camp No. 1 and Pickett Camp C.V., Richmond, Va. - Virginia's Commissioner, Gettysburg Celebration, July 1-4, 1913.† J. THOMPSON BROWN, Lieut.-General Commanding Dept. Army Northern Virginia, U.C.V. - Past Grand Commander Grand Camp of Confederate Veterans of Va. - Formerly - Colonel and Aide-de-Camp Lieut.-Gen'l Stephen D. Lee's Staff.† Ass't Quarter-Master General, Gen'l Clement A. Evans' Staff.† Late Capt. Commanding Parker Battery, Alexander's (S.D. Lee's) Artillery Battalion, Longstreet Corps, Army Northern Virginia.† - Infantry and Battery Record 1861 - 65 Actively Engaged in 17 Battles. (over)".† On the back of the card is "BATTLES - 1861. (Infantry) - Rich Mountain, W.Va. - 1862 -65. (Artillery) - Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Wilderness, North Anna, Howlett Line, Sharpsburg, (Dunker Church), Marye's Heights, (Wounded and captured), Gettysburg, (Peach Orchard), Campbell Station, Bean Station, Spotsylvania C.H. (severely wounded), Cold Harbor, Sailor's Creek, (captured),

John Thompson Brown

Residence was not listed; 
Enlisted on 5/25/1861 at Richmond, VA as a 1st Sergeant.

On 5/25/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. VA 20th Infantry 
He was discharged for promotion on 3/14/1862

On 3/14/1862 he was commissioned into VA Parker Light Artillery 
(date and method of discharge not given)

He was listed as:
* On rolls 8/31/1861 (place not stated)
* POW 5/3/1863 Marye's Heights, VA
* Wounded 5/9/1863 Spotsylvania Court House, VA (In throat)
* Commanded Battery 3/15/1865 (place not stated) (Estimated day)

* 2nd Lieut 3/12/1862 

Other Information:
born 4/4/1840 in Richmond, VA
died 4/23/1921 
Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA

(Son of David & Margaret Brown Married Elizabeth Holloway 
 Harrison Feb 6, 1863. Postwar, President of 
 Union Passenger RR.)

Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

 - The Virginia Regimental Histories Series
 - Confederate Veteran Magazine
 - Photo from Confederate Veteran Magazine
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