Brown, Charles L.

Charles L. Brown Letter, 4 January 1862 Ms.2017.031


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Marc Brodsky

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2017.031
Title
Charles L. Brown Letter1862-01-04
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 Folder
Language
English .
Abstract
A single letter and envelope written by Charles L. Brown to his mother, Lydia Brown, in Waltham, Mass., dated 4 January 1862 and sent from Hampton, Va. Brown enlisted with the 16th Massachusetts Infantry on 29 June 1861, Company H, as a corporal. At the time of his death at Gettysburg on July 1863, he held the rank of Sergeant.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Charles L. Brown Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Charles L. Brown Letter, 4 January 1862, Ms2017-031, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Charles L. Brown Letter was donated to Special Collections in 2017.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Charles L. Brown Letter commenced in August 2017 and was completed in September 2017.


Biographical Note

The son of Aaron and Lydia Brown of Waltham, Mass. (both originally from Maine), Charles L. Brown enlisted with the 16th Massachusetts Infantry on 29 June 1861, Company H, as a corporal. The 16th was first attached to Fort Monroe, Va. before moving to Suffolk and then seeing action at Malvern Hill, Bull Run (2nd), Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville, prior to the engagement at Gettysburg. Having been promoted to first sergeant, Brown died on 4 July 1863 at Gettysburg at the age of 23, a day following the death of his older brother, George F. Brown, a first lieutenant, also of the 16th Massachusetts.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a single letter and envelope dated 4 January 1862 and written by Charles L. Brown, a corporal in the 16th Mass. Infantry, from Hampton, Va. to his mother in Waltham, Mass. He thanks the folks at home for the "drawers" and "eatables," also mentioning, specifically, the pies, cakes, mittens, shirts, and gloves. He says that he is "as safe here as if we were in Boston," saying that the Confederate commander, [General John B.] Magruder is "more fond of whiskey than fighting."

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Civil War
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Container List

folder 1
Letter
1862