Oakwood Cemetery, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas
(May 27, 1817 - Sept 1, 1889)
A Native of Kentucky, Brown moved to Tennessee as a young man and
enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, A veteran of the Mexican
War, Brown Circumnavigated the globe several times during his 27 years
in the U.S. Navy at the outbreak of the war between the states, Brown
resigned his commission in the U.S. Navy and enlisted in the Confederate
States Navy as a lieutenant.
During his four years of service in the C.S.N., Brown completed
construction fo the C.S.S. Arkansas, and in one of the most daring
exploits in naval history on July 15, 1862, sailed through the U.S. Navy
fleet (17 ships of war plus mortar boats) on the Mississippi river in
the defense of Vicksburg. Brown, being wounded twice, was promoted
to commander for his bravery.
Brown later commanded the C.S.S. Charleston and is credited with
the invention of an underwater "torpedo" that sank the U.S.S. Cairo on
December 12, 1862.
Commander was among the first 9 men and is one of only a few
confederate naval personnel to receive the Confederate Medal of Honor.
Brown and his second wife Jeanie Valliant Autry moved to
Corsicana, Texas in 1883 to Join his stepson and family where he loved
until his death in 1889.