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Wood County Civil War hero's family holds reunion at Dowling PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Saturday, 27 July 2013 07:28
Roland Harris offers a reading at the grave site. Behind him are reunion attendees (from left) Dave Schroeder, a Dowling native; Aaron and Kin Brown of Washington, D.C.
DOWLING - A total of 42 members of the Brown family caravanned to Dowling for a  June 9 reunion and tribute to their grandfather, Wilson W. Brown.
Roland Harris gave a short acknowledgement of W.W. Brown's Civil War deeds, as a member of the famed Andrews' Raiders, and what it still means to us as a nation today. Craig Brown played "taps" to honor their grandpa's service to the country.
A group picture was taken by family photographer Katie Heginbotham.
Following the family's trip to the New Belleville Ridge cemetery on Carter Road, where their illustrious ancestor is buried, Al and Ed Ward, and Hal Hanna presented the group with Brown's Medal of Honor, and explained to all present the results of the family's recently-arrived-at compromise regarding legal action over possession of the medal.  
"The family is honored to say that the Medal of Honor will be on display at the Civil War museum in Kennesaw, Georgia," said Harris, referring to the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, which is "affiliated with the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. 
"We highly recommend it if you are traveling south down I-75 through Georgia. It is definitely worth stopping to see."
Andrews' Raiders, who took part in the Great Locomotive Chase, were either executed or imprisoned in a Confederate prison. Brown was one of the Union soldiers who escaped from the prison and managed to get back to Union territory. He went on to serve in the battles of Stones River and Chickamauga, where he was wounded, captured and later paroled and hospitalized.
The states represented by those in attendance for the reunion included Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan, California, and Ohio. One family member, David Schroeder, was born and raised right across from the New Belleville Ridge cemetery. The family estimates there are some 20 Brown family members buried at the cemetery in addition to W.W. Brown.
While in Wood County, out-of-town family members stayed at The Hampton Inn in Bowling Green and also gathered for a meal at Dyer's Family Restaurant.
Last Updated on Saturday, 27 July 2013 07:51

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