CAPTAIN EDWIN BROWN, Lawyer, Patriot, Soldier

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Civil War



Captain Edwin Brown, CO E, 6th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment

Edwin Brown was born on February 21, 1832 in New Berlin, New York. When he was four years old, Edwin’s father, Isaac, a builder and architect by trade, moved the family to Green Bay, Wisconsin. A few years later, they’d move again… this time to the Fond Du Lac area, where Isaac would take a large part in the development of the new community. 

Edwin would earn a degree in law from Appleton’s Lawrence University in 1851. He’d become close with another attorney, Edward Bragg, who would form “Bragg’s Rifles,” which would eventually become Company E of the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteers. Brown was elected First Lieutenant and was promoted to Captain when Bragg was promoted to Major. 

Brown easily learned the skills needed to be both a soldier and a leader of men. Charismatic and competent, he was well respected by his peers and those who served under him. Brown was also thought to have had the best singing voice of all in the Sixth Regiment, and often times all activity in camp would stop while the Captain sang his favorites, such as “Benny Havens O.”

Brown died a soldier’s death, leading his company in the cornfield at Miller’s Farm on the Antietam battlefield, September 17, 1862. He left behind a wife, Ruth, and three children, Louis, Edward (called “Pier”), and Hattie. He was 30 years old. He is buried at the Rienzi Cemetery in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin.


“The Men Stood Like Iron, How the Iron Brigade Won its Name,” by Lance J Herdegen, 1997


“The Iron Brigade in Civil War and Memory,” by Lance J Herdegen, 2012

Photo is from Wikicommons. It is listed as public domain.

  1. authormbeyer says:

    One of the men from my hometown in Iowa fought at the Battle of Antietam. I particularly like the stories of the “Hornet’s Nest” along the sunken road. I learned about this gentleman from his tombstone in Belmond, Iowa originally, and have found a wealth of family and farmtown stories of Iowegian soldiers in the Civil War.

  2. G. Werra says:

    Captain Brown was my grandfather, four times removed. I am very proud of his accomplishments not only as a soldier, but a father, and a productive member of Wisconsin society. Someday, I hope to visit the home he grew up in, which I believe is now a museum.

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