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Brown McDaniel Thompson

Obituary of Lorenzo Star Brown, Washington D. C.

Camp No. 171, U. C. V., of Washington, D. C. announces with deep regret the death of an honored member, Lorenzo Star Brown, late General Agent of the Southern Railway, who died in Washington September 12, 1914. Of this comrade and friend, Magnus S. Thompson writes:

"Lorenzo Star Brown was born in Covington, Ga., in 1847, and as a mere boy entered the Confederate army as color bearer of Company F, 64th Georgia Infantry, serving in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia to the close of the war. He was captured in the battle of Olustee, Fla., but later escaped and rejoined his command, which was subsequently transferred to Virginia and attached to Wright's Brigade, Mahone's Division, A. P. Hill's corps. He participated in the repulse of the enemy at the time of the explosion of the crater at Petersburg and endured the hardships and shared the dangers in the trenches about the besieged city, surrendering finally with the army at Appomattox.

"Returning to his devastated State, Lorenzo Brown went to work on his farm, but later accepted a position as agent of the Southern Express Company at Montgomery, Ala. Subsequently he entered the service of various railroads, such as the Georgia Pacific, Virginia Midland, Baltimore and Ohio, Norfolk and Western, and finally the Southern, which he served to the date of his death as general agent. He rose rapidly in the various positions he held and was widely known througout the country for his ability and lovable personality. He was commissioned colonel on the staff of the Governor of Georgia in 1896, although a resident of Washington sonce 1886.

"He married Miss Mary Ruth McDaniel, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., who survives him, their four children having been taken away some years ago.

"A braver soldier or better sitizen never lived, and in his death this Camp and this commnity suffer and irreparable loss."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1915.

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