William P. Brownell

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William P. Brownell
Born (1839-07-12)July 12, 1839
Died April 26, 1915(1915-04-26) (aged 75)
Buried Oak Grove Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Navy
Rank Coxswain
Unit New York (state)
Battles/wars Battle of Grand Gulf
Siege of Vicksburg
Awards Medal of Honor

Coxswain William P. Brownell (July 12, 1839 to April 26, 1915) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Brownell received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action aboard the USS Benton during the Battle of Grand Gulf on 2 May 1863 and the Siege of Vicksburg at New Bern on 22 May 1863. He was honored with the award on 16 April 1864.[1][2][3]

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Served as coxswain on board the U.S.S. Benton during the attack on Great Gulf Bay, 2 May 1863, and Vicksburg, 22 May 1863. Carrying out his duties with coolness and courage, Brownell served gallantly against the enemy as captain of a 9-inch gun in the attacks on Great Gulf and Vicksburg and as a member of the Battery Benton before Vicksburg.[1][2][3]

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  1. ^ a b "Civil War (A-L) Medal of Honor Recipients". Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "William P. Brownell". Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Brownell, William P". Retrieved 18 October 2013.