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Re: George W. Brown, listed as MIA on the Monroe County list, actually survived the war.
My grandmother’s uncles, Thomas W. Goodenough and George W. Brown were half-brothers who both served in Company D of the 7th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. Thomas W. Goodenough died of wounds received at the battle of Antietam, and is correctly identified as a casualty. He died on October 4, 1862 and is buried in the U.S. Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. George W. Brown, however, survived the war, lived until 1922, and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery in South Haven Michigan.
Various records, including the muster-out-roll for the regiment dated July 5, 1865, list him as missing in action since September 17, 1862, but the unfortunate truth is that he deserted shortly after the Battle of Antietam. My grandmother referred to him once as “the one who came home,” without further comment. The published Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War concludes his service abstract with “no further record,” but a careful search of the original regimental records that I made in the Michigan historical archives during the 1980s revealed a notation “deserted September 22, 1862 at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia” (M3/63). George W. Brown served honorably during the Peninsular campaign where he was wounded at Fair Oaks, and apparently was under aged when he enlisted in 1861 (he was 14 or 15 in 1860, so probably only 16 in 1861, not 18 as stated on the muster roll). I think that the shock of his older brother’s wounding and subsequent death probably contributed to his decision to desert, but it would not be right to include him on the list of men who actually died in service during their civil war service. I report this regretfully, but if the list of casualties shown on the web site is the one that will be used on the proposed civil war memorial, then I feel obligated to provide this information.
Neil W. MacDonald
Dear Mr. MacDonald,
I have forward this message to one of the people who is in charge of the memorial project.
Your time and contribution is greatly appreciated. The monument is scheduled to be dedicated May 22, 2012. The time of the dedication has not been determined at this time.
– The dedications has been changed. The date of the dedication is Sunday, May 27, 2012 at Soldiers & Sailors Park. West Front St. Monroe Michigan. The dedication will start at 2:00 p.m.
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