John Reynolds Brown (1831 - 1862)

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Birthplace: Urbana, Champaign, Ohio, United States
Death: Died in Urbana, Champaign, Ohio, United States
Cause of death: Typhoid Fever
Occupation: 1st Lieutenant
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About John Reynolds Brown

Son of James Winecup & Margaret Clarke Brown. Served in the Civil War. Enlisted as Private on November 15th 1861. On January 2nd 1862 he was Commissioned as 1st Lieutenant by Governor Todd. On February 15th he Mustered in to the 13th Ohio Battery, Light Artillery and served as XO (2nd in Command). Fought at the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee on April 6th-7th 1862. On April 30th 1862 he was Mustered out of the service by Special Field Order #17. In May 1862 he contracted Typhoid Fever and died.

Death of Lieut. John R. Brown,

The subject of this brief sketch was a native of Champaign county. He was known to the writer from a youth, when an acquaintance was formed with him which was of that agreeable kind that always renders association pleasant. He was amiable, courteous, and exemplary through life, and though he may not have been, and no doubt was not free from human frailty, yet he was more than ordinary in the correctness of his moral character. At the commencement of the present rebellion he was a resident of Logan county, where he entered the service of his country in the 13th Ohio Battery, as a Lieutenant, in which capacity he discharged faithfully the duties of an officer and soldier. His association with those immediately connected with him was complimentary to himself. He was not one of that class disliked or viewed as tyrannical by the common soldier, but on the contrary, he won their esteem and respect. He was engaged both Sunday and Monday in that terrible conflict on the field of Shiloh. About three weeks afterwards he was attacked with typhoid fever, which in the progress of his sickness attacked the brain and soon terminated fatally. At the time of his death, (May 29th) he was about 29 years of age: at which time also he was in connection with the M. E. Church, of which, for the previous twelve years, he had been a worthy and consistent member. Thus in the prime of manhood, and in the midst of usefulness, he has fallen a sacrifice on the altar of his country. His countrymen will not forget the grateful offering. His sacrifice will be his epitaph, for words of praise can never adorn deeds, the mention of which alone awaken in the heart of the patriot the highest emotions of which human nature is capable. But there are other affiliations connected with the departure of the deceased. The ties of consanguinity and friendship have been severed. He has been separated from one of the best and most devoted mothers, a numerous family of brothers & sisters, besides a large circle of friends and relatives. His death occurred at the residence of his brother, Dr. J. C. Brown, in Urbana, and his remains were interred in Oak Dale Cemetery, by the Odd Fellows of West Liberty and Urbana Lodges, of which Order he was a worthy member. In consideration of his past life, those most nearly allied to him by natural affection, though heavily appreciating his loss, with that sorrow which always accompanies the death of those we love, yet enjoy the consolation which always attends the death of a Christian, an assurance that their loss is his infinite gain. J. W. A.

Obit from the Urbana Union, Wednesday, June 4th 1862, Pg. 4

13th Ohio Independent Battery was an artillery battery that served in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

The battery was organized and mustered into Federal Service on February 15, 1862 at Camp Dennison near Cincinnati, Ohio with Captain John B Myers commanding, for a three year enlistment. It was mainly recruited in the counties of Logan, Union, Champaign, Hardin & Shelby. It was attached to 4th Division, Army of the Tennessee Commanded by Brigadier General Stephen A. Hurlbut. NOTE: Both the books by Reid & Dyer List the battery as not fully formed and only a section fought at Shiloh, this is an error, the battery was fully formed and had its six guns plus 5 officers and 135 men. On the first day of the Battle of Shiloh (April 6, 1862), the battery was positioned in the Peach Orchard Field, while the battery was coming on line, it was struck by enemy fire. Sergeant David Skeen Price (Sergeant of Gun #2) was killed instantly when a cannonball struck him in the shoulder throwing him off his horse, a second round struck a caisson and it exploded causing the horses to bolt. five of the batteries six guns were captured. The sixth gun was taken back to Pittsburg Landing, Tennessee where it was brought together with other guns and was fired the rest of the battle. The five captured guns were recovered on April 7th. The battery as a whole did not engage in the rest of the battle. The organization of the battery was disbanded April 20, 1862 by Army of the Tennessee Special Field Order #17 issued by Major General Henry Halleck. The men were transferred to the 7th Ohio Battery, 10th Ohio Battery, or 14th Ohio Battery and the officers were mustered out of the service, with the exception of Lieutenant Ezra Bennett who was at the hospital during the battle. He was reassigned to the 14th Ohio Battery. The Lieutenant Governor of Ohio Benjamin Stanton was at the battle and witnessed the aftermath, he was also a friend of Capt. Myers and published an article criticizing the conduct of the Generals at the battle. [edit]Casualties

The battery lost a total of 20 enlisted men during service; 3 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 17 enlisted men died due to disease. [edit]Commanders

Captain John Blymier Myers [edit]Officers

1st Lieutenant John Reynolds Brown 1st Lieutenant Ezra Bennett 2nd Lieutenant Edmund Burke Lowe 2nd Lieutenant Levi M Willits [edit]Sergeants

1st Sergeant Alonzo Stokes Ordnance William Skidmore Keller Wagonmaster Levi J Southard Quartermaster Daniel D Haines Quartermaster William Carey Myers John R Griffith Joseph Atwell Keller Robert M Painter Thomas Jeffrey James W Brown David Skeen Price [edit]Corporals

Lorenzo Dow Ennis Emanuel Whitaker James Eaton Caleb Wilgus Ballinger Bethuel Ellis Edward Elias Samuel Marmon David Enoch [edit]Musicians

Chief Bugler Madison Lewis Obenchain [edit]Artificiers

John C Powell Napoleon Bonapart Burkhart [edit]Farriers

John Crawford Porter

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Lieutenant John Reynolds Brown's Timeline

1831
March 19, 1831
Urbana, Champaign, Ohio, United States
1861
November 15, 1861
- January 1, 1862
Age 30
United States
1862
January 2, 1862
- February 12, 1862
Age 30
United States
February 15, 1862
- April 30, 1862
Age 30
United States
April 6, 1862
- April 7, 1862
Age 31
Shiloh, Tennessee, United States
May 29, 1862
Age 31
Urbana, Champaign, Ohio, United States
June 2, 1862
Age 31
Urbana, Champaign, Ohio, United States