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JOHN C. BROWN.
The Twenty-third was ordered to Missouri and its main field of operations, during the war, was in Mississippi and Louisiana. Soon after the regiment reached the State first named, Captain Coe, of Company I., resigned on account of ill health and was succeeded by John C. Brown, the second lieutenant. The latter was killed, while bravely leading his men at Milliken's Bend, on June 7, 1863, and was succeeded by John J. Van Houten, who went out as first sergeant.
From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 83.
The honor of establishing the "Cass County Gazette," the first newspaper in the county, belongs to John C. Brown, its editor. Neither was he simply a newspaper patriot, as his subsequent record with the Twenty-third Iowa Infantry and his death while in the service, abundantly prove. John J. Van Houten, his printer and foreman of the "devil," Seth M. Young, also went to the front with the editor and, upon Mr. Brown's death, succeeded him as captain of their company.
From "Compendium and History of Cass County, Iowa." Chicago: Henry and Taylor & Co., 1906, pg. 101.
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