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Henry Brown letter

Henry Brown letter, 15 July 1862
Henry Brown letter
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15 July 1862
Letter, 15 July 1862, from the Reverend Henry Brown (1804-1881) in Richmond, Virginia, to Dr. Francis Stribling (b. ca. 1807) in Staunton, Virginia. Brown first answers Stribling's request for information about Brown's recently widowed sister-in-law, Mary Ann Bell Brown, telling him that her son, the Reverend John C. Brown (1831-1912), has been taken prisoner by the Union Army in Charleston, (West) Virginia. He also states that 2,000 Federal prisoners who were being kept in Richmond were recently removed to the prison at Belle Isle. He closes by commenting briefly on his work as a chaplain in a local C.S.A. hospital
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Henry Brown was born on 28 November 1804 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, the son of the Reverend Samuel Brown and Mary Moore Brown. Like his father, and brother James Moore Brown (1799-1862), Henry Brown became a Presbyterian minister, training at Princeton Theological Seminary (Princeton, N.J.) and Union Theological Seminary (Richmond, Va.). He was ordained on 27 August 1831, a few months after marrying Mary S. McNutt (d. 1878). During the Civil War, Brown served as a chaplain with the Confederate Army, at one point working in a Richmond hospital. He died on 14 January 1881 in Marlin, Texas. For more information on the ministerial careers of Brown, his father, and brother, see the MINISTERIAL DIRECTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, U. S., 1861-1941 (LVA call number BX9220 .S35).
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