1st Mass. Vols. – Edwin Y. Brown Describes Head being Blown off at Bull Run
“At Bull Run on the memorable Thursday the N.Y. 12th Regiment run and left us, one of them having got as he thought a safe distance down with his back to a tree, and commenced to eat when a big cannon ball came and took his head (from his mouth up) off, and left him with a piece of bread in one hand and a bologna sausage in the other, sitting in the same position, still alive and his tongue wagging.”

This 3 page letter in pencil is signed “Edwin” but on the 4th page, in ink, is written the address panel: “Wilbur P. Brown, Scituate, Mass.” (his brother), so we know that the last name is Brown, and we have had other letters of his from Libby Prison.

Edwin Y. Brown enlisted on May of 1861 into Company B of the 1st Mass. Infantry. He was wounded twice, the first a couple months after this letter at Williamsburg, Va. and then three months later at Second Bull Run. In March of 1863, he became 2nd Lieut. in the 82nd Colored Infantry, and when captured and sent to Libby Prison he was treated harshly as a white officer in a colored regiment.

Quite a letter, in fine condition.

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