Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History
Frank Brownell's Medal of Honor
Catalog #: 1979.0425.038 Accession #: 1979.0425
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History
Dimensions / Weight
Dimensions: 4" H x 2" W
Brass colored metal on ribbon awarded to Sergeant Frank E. Brownell, inscribed “The Congress/to/Sergeant/Frank/E./Brownell/Co. 4 11th New York/Volunteers"
Congressional Medal of Honor awarded to Frank E. Brownell, Private, Company A, 11th New York Infantry. On 24 May 1861 Brownell killed James W. Jackson, who fatally shot Colonel Elmer Ellsworth the commanding officer of Brownell's company, and the first Union officer killed in the Civil War. Ellsworth was shot by Jackson after Ellsworth took a Confederate flag from the roof of the Marshall House Inn in Alexandria, Virginia. When Brownell was awarded the Medal of Honor, it was inscribed “The Congress to Sergeant Frank E. Brownell, Co. “A,” 11th New York Infantry.” Brownell returned the medal and asked that it be engraved with the details of his action. The government complied and awarded him a second medal with an inscription Brownell had written himself.
Country: United States
War: Civil War