Medal of Honor Recipient
(1840-94) Member of Co. A, 11th New York Infantry. On May 24, 1861 Union troops in Alexandria, Va. took exception to a Confederate flag that flew on the roof of the Marshall House hotel, which was visible to President Lincoln from the White House. Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, leading a squad of his 11th New York Fire Zouaves, decided to pull the flag down. Having removed it, Ellsworth was shot dead as he started down the stairs from the roof by the hotel's owner James T. Jackson. After a brief struggle, Jackson was then shot and killed by Francis E. Brownell who had accompanied Ellsworth on his mission. Brownell was promoted to 1st lieutenant, Oct. 24, 1861, and was discharged on Nov. 4, 1863. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his exploit of having avenged the death of Colonel Ellsworth.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Excellent seated view in uniform with rank of 1st lieutenant. He is wearing a kepi with infantry insignia and the regimental numerals "11" clearly visible, and two medals pinned to his frock coat. His sash is also clearly seen as he poses cradling his sword. Backmark: D. Woodworth, Albany, N.Y. Light age toning and corner wear to mount. Very desirable. Rare.