First Kentucky "Orphan" Brigade 


 

Capt. Jack T. Brown, 4th Kentucky Infantry

John (Jack) Thomas Brown, was born in Madison, Indiana on November 17, 1839, son of Thomas H. and Maria (Cross) Brown. He learned the tinners trade, and along with his brother Howard moved to Uniontown (Union Co.) Kentucky in 1857 where they opened a hardware, stove and tinware store.

At the onset of the war, he joined Capt. Fitzhenry's Co B of the 4th Kentucky Infantry as a private. He was appointed First Sergeant on August 14, 1861, elected First Lieutenant, May 1, 1862, and promoted to Captain on Jan. 8, 1864. He fought at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Murfreesboro, Jackson, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Rocky Face Gap, Resaca and Dallas. He was disabled for field service due to illness, but did recover and take place in the mounted engagements with the brigade.

Capt. Brown married Rachel Berry on 24 October 1871. His wife died on 13 April 1874. They had one daughter, Clare. Capt. Brown did not remarry. Capt. Brown was a founding member of the Ex-Confederate Mutual Relief Association in Union County .

Sources:

Courier Company,"History of Union County", 1886, Evansville, Indiana, pgs 160-167; 521-522

Thompson, Ed Porter, "History of the Orphan Brigade", 1898, Louisville, reprint Morningside, 1973, pg 638

-----Laura Cook


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