Brown, Aaron Col. 1822 – 1904 – 2nd Obit
Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 7/13/2019 at 15:57:52
Source: Decorah Republican July 14, 1904 Page 1
DEATH OF COL. AARON BROWN.
A Fayette County Pioneer, and a Member of the 3d Iowa Infantry.
July 2d, at Mitchellville, Aaron Brown died in his eighty-third year. He was of Quaker birth, an abolitionist by training, and began his life in Iowa by locating in Iowa on a farm near Fayette. Thither his remains were brought for burial. In early years he represented that county in both branches of the General Assembly, and for four years was Register of the State Land Office, a state position. His military record was high. We quote it as given by the West Union Gazette:—
At the outbreak of the war he enlisted in Co. F, 3d Iowa Infantry. On this organization of the Company he was elected 2d Lieutenant. After the battle of Shiloh, April 7, 1862, he was promoted to the captaincy of Co. F, and in a very few months became Major of the regiment. Earlv in 1863 he was directed by Gov. Kirkwood to call together the line officers for the purpose of filling a vacancy in the office of Colonel, and upon doing so he was unanimously chosen. He declined to accept this promotion until the same was ratified by the rank and file of the regiment. It is needless to say that this appeal to them won their esteem, as he already had the confidence of the “boys,” and their vote unanimously confirmed that of the officers. He commanded the regiment through the seige of Vicksburg, and led it In that fatal attack on Jackson, Miss., when he received a wound in the leg from which he never recovered. After remaining home for four months he joined the regiment at Natchez. After the Veteran organization of the regiment he was assigned special duty by Gen. McPherson, remaining in the service till the 22d of July, 1864.
Transcriber’s Note: Find a Grave shows he is buried in Grandview Cemetery in Fayette and that he was born June 7, 1822.
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