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    Medal of Honor Recipient Francis Edwin Brownell Carte de Visite Twice Signed. 1st Lt. Brownell, U.S. 11th Infantry, is seen in uniform, a saber held in his left hand. An inscription below reads, "Yours truly / [signed] Frank E Brownell." A second inscription, also in his hand, appears on the verso and reads, "Compliments of Frank E. Brownell U.S.A." Backstamp of Silsbee, Case & Co. on the verso. Signature on the front is smudged slightly.

    Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, a friend of Abraham Lincoln and the commander of the New York Fire Zouaves, was anxious to be the first to invade the South. On May 24, 1861, the day after Virginia seceded, Ellsworth led his men, uncontested, down the streets of Alexandria. He sent some of his men to take the railroad station while he and a few others went to secure the telegraph office. On the way, he noticed a Confederate flag atop the Marshall House Inn. Ellsworth and four others quickly ascended the stairs; Ellsworth cut down the flag and was on the way down the stairs when the proprietor killed him with a shotgun blast to the chest. Private Francis Brownell immediately killed the innkeeper. After the war, Francis E. Brownell twice put his name forward to receive the Medal of Honor. He succeeded a third time with the help of his congressman and finally received the decoration in 1877. Although sixteen years after the event, his medal marked the first action of the Civil War to merit this high award.

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