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PVT: JAMES CLINTON BROWN of the 11th Wisconsin Infantry, Company Band. 
Civil War Veteran of Monterey County.

James Clinton Brown was born in Hampton, Connecticut on August 4, 1838. On October 12, 1861 he enlisted into the Company Band of the 17th Wisconsin Infantry, later he was transferred to the 11th Wisconsin Infantry, on August 11, 1861; he contracted Malaria and was discharged. On March 17, 1864; he re-enlisted and was attached to the Headquarters of the Department of Kansas. He was mustered out on September 5, 1865. He Joined the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) in Evansville, Wisconsin, and with wife, Merticia Tipple, whom he married in 1860, moved to the Salinas Valley. In 1894 he transferred his GAR membership to the James Blair Steedman GAR Post# 56 based out of Salinas, California and later moved to 225 Lobos Street in New Monterey where again he transferred his GAR membership to the Lucius Fairchild GAR Post #179 based out of Pacific Grove, California. James Clinton Brown died on February 25, 1920 and his internment was made at El Carmelo Cemetery in Pacific Grove, California.

The following obituary transcription was made from the “Pacific Grove Daily Review” issue Feb. 26, 1920.

BROWN, JAMES, C (1838-1920) Pacific Grove, El Carmelo Cemetery
Pacific Grove Daily Review February 26, 1920
Prominent Civil War Veteran Gone West
Passing of Comrade James Clinton Brown
James Clinton Brown passed away at his home, 225 Lobos avenue, Pacific Grove, at 11 o’clock last night, Wednesday, February 25, 1920 aged 81 years 7 months and 21 days.
He was born at Hampton, Connecticut August 4 1838. He was married October 11th, 1860, at Rutland, Wisconsin, to Miss Merticia E. Tipple. Was the husband of Merticia E Brown and the father of Clinton E Brown of San Jose, and Pearl R. Brown of San Mateo. Was a member of the G.A.R. and I.O.O.F.
The funeral will be held from J.K. Pauls parlors, February 27th at 2 o’clock p.m. under the auspices of Lucius Fairchild Post No 179, Grand Army of the Republic. The Rev Chas. E. Winning will assist in the ceremonies. Interment will be made in El Carmelo Cemetery.

Service Record
Enlisted in the federal service of the United States on the 12th day of October, 1861, in the band of the 17th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and passed the winter in camp at Sulphur Springs, Missouri, his regiment guarding bridges to Pilot Knob. In March 1862, his regiment formed as a unit of a brigade comprising the 11th Wisconsin and the 33rd Illinois Infantry, 9th Missouri Battery and Indiana Cavalry. In April 1862, this brigade marched to Jacksonport, Arkansas, driving out a large force of Confederates and capturing a large quantity of sugar and cotton. Soon after marched to Batesville on the White river and camped a month, when they were joined by Maj. Gen. S.R. Curtis and a division of troops after the battle of Pea Ridge. Then, being nearly out of supplies and with no means of communication, Gen. Curtis ordered his troops to march down White river to the Mississippi river for supplies. After several skirmishes the enemy was met in force at Bayou Cache, Arkansas, and defeated. Arriving at Helena, Arkansas, about July 15th, he with many others was seriously ill with malarial fever and sent to St. Louis where they were discharged for disability on August 11th 1862. He returned home and was sick six months, but re-enlisted on March 17, 1864, and sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and was attached to headquarters of the department of Kansas. With the exception of chasing Gen. Price out of Missouri his service was uneventfully and he was discharged September 5th, 1865 and returned to his home and family at Oregon, Dane county, Wisconsin. He joined the G.A.R. at Evansville, Wisconsin, in 1884, and in 1894 transferred to Steadman Post in Salinas, holding the office of adjutant and Commander in both; he then again transferred his membership to Fairchild Post, Pacific Grove, where he filled the office of adjutant for seven years.

Compiled and Submitted: by Tim P. Reese, PCC

Camp Abe Lincoln #10 based out of Santa Cruz, Ca

Dept. of Calif. and Pacific

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

P. O. Box 1641, Monterey, Ca. 93942-1641


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