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Frank E. Brownell papers

 Collection — Folder: S182
Identifier: S0182

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters and diary entries from Elmer Ellsworth in Illinois in 1859 regarding life and newspaper clippings, transcripts of newspaper clippings, headlines and speeches from Francis E. Brownell and others in New York and elsewhere ranging from 1861 to 1901 regarding the death of Col. Elmer Ellsworth in 1861.


  • 1859-1901

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Francis (Frank) Edwin Brownell was born in Troy, New York on July 13, 1840, to Charles and Lucy Brownell, one of six children. He worked as an assistant in the law office of Millard and King until he enlisted, at the age of 20, and became a corporal of Company A of the 11th New York Volunteers, known as the Fire Zouaves, a regiment commanded by Col. Elmer Ellsworth. He was promoted to the rank of Full 2nd Lieutenant on May 14, 1861. When Col. Ellsworth was shot in the back in Alexandria, Virginia by a Southern sympathizer (James W. Jackson) on May 25, 1861, after removing a rebel flag from Jackson's hotel, he then instantly killed Jackson. He was promoted to full sergeant May 26, 1861 and mustered out on July 4, 1861. He was commissioned an officer in the Regular Army, 11th Infantry Regiment July 4, 1861 and promoted to full 1st Lieutenant Oct. 24, 1861. He was mustered out on Nov. 4, 1863. He married Cornelia (Nellie) L. Harrington on May 17, 1865 in St. Louis County, Missouri, and they had 2 children . He was awarded the Medal of Honor on January 26, 1877. His mother and 2 brothers lived with them according to the 1880 census. He died on March 15, 1894 and is buried in St. Louis, Missouri.

Information found within the collection

"Brownell, Francis". 1860 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/04/28.

"Brownell, Francis E.". 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/04/28.

"Brownell, Francis E.". Web: Missouri, Find a Grave Index, 1812-2012. Retrieved 2014/04/28.

"Brownell, Francis Edwin". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/04/28.

"Brownell, Francis Edwin". U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Retrieved 2014/04/28.

"Brownell, Frank E.". Missouri Marriage Records. Retrieved 2014/05/05.

"Brownell, Frank E.". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/04/28.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. C. W. Dick 1942/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/05/05 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/05/05 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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