Engineer in Andrew’s Raiders
Hello, I am Wilson Wright Brown. I want to tell you about my life. I was born on Christmas 1839 and I lived 77 years. I fought against slavery in the civil war on the side of Abraham Lincoln who was fighting slavery. After the Civil War I got married and had 7 children.
I made a important decision to fight against slavery in the civil war. I was part of the Great Locomotive Chase which was a act in the civil war where Andrew’s Raiders were supposed to steal a train that had southern army supplies. It took place on April 12, 1862 and even though we failed, the story became famous, and gave the North hope to fight against slavery. The General, the train we took, was restored in 1961, and can be seen at the Southern Museum of Railroad and Civil War History
In the era I lived, lots of people owned slaves, But I was someone who fought against it. The Civil War had just begun when I was a young man, so I joined the army. I lived in the south of Ohio though, so my southern accent helped me in our secret mission.
I have two very interesting facts to tell you. First, I am Xavier’s great-great-great-grandfather. Another is that I was one of the 54 men to get the first presentation of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award a soldier can get.
|Ohio Monument to Andrew's Raiders|
All the soldiers received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and we were the first to ever receive it. I stayed in the army, and fought in battles at Battle of Stones River, at Dug Gap, GA and at Chickamauga, GA where I was injured and captured again. I stayed friends with another Raider, Jacob Parrot, my whole life, and my daughter Gertrude even married his son. The Great Locomotive Chase was so exciting that two movies have been made of it, and many books written.