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Delos D. Brown

DELOS D. BROWN, CHATHAM: Hotel Proprietor.

Mr. Brown was born at Orleans, Barnstable County, Mass., in 1838. His education was acquired at Chase’s Institute in Middletown, and at Wesleyan Academy in Wilbraham, Mass. During active life he has been engaged in manufacturing and mercantile business, and in the promotion of these interests has traveled extensively through the southern and western states. He was at one time house reporter of the legislature for the New Haven Morning News.

At the outbreak of the war Mr. Brown enlisted in the federal service, raised a company for the Twenty-first regiment, C. V., going out as first lieutenant. He was promoted to the rank of captain, and commended in special orders for gallant conduct at the battle of Drewry’s Bluff. He participated in nearly all the battles in which the Twenty-first was engaged, including among others, Fredericksburg, the siege of Suffolk, the siege of Petersburg, Va., Cold Harbor, and Drewry’s Bluff. When the rebel general, Fitzhugh Lee, was captured at White House Landing, Va., Captain Brown was detailed with his company to conduct him to Fortress Monroe, and deliver him up as a prisoner of war. His regiment belonged to Burnside’s famous Ninth Army corps, and was commanded by Colonel Arthur H. Dutton of the regular army, and later by Colonel Thomas F. Burpee of Rockville, Conn., both of whom were killed in the service.

The father of Captain Brown enlisted in the war of 1812, but saw no active service. His grandfather served in the war of the revolution. All the male members of his father’s family were in the army or navy during the war of the rebellion, his older brother as paymaster and his younger brother as paymaster’s assistant in the navy, and his brother in-law, Lieutenant F. W. H. Buell, was with him in the Twenty-first regiment and died in the service. His father, the Rev. Thomas G. Brown, when sixty-three years of age, anxious to take part in the conflict, was appointed chaplain of the Twenty-first regiment, and by gallant conduct under fire, at the battle of Drewry’s Bluff, where he was wounded in the arm, became known as the "Fighting Chaplain." Captain Brown was a member of the house of representatives in 1882; was county commissioner for Middlesex county for two terms; is chairman of the republican town committee; a member of the Army and Navy Club of Connecticut: also of Mansfield Post, No. 53, G. A. R.; a prominent member of the masonic fraternity, and of the order of American Mechanics. At the present time he is proprietor of the Lake View House, a beautiful summer resort on Lake Pocotopaug at East Hampton, in this state.

SourceIllustrated Popular Biography of Connecticut - 1891 Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding Hartford Conn.  Press of the Case, Lockwood and Brainard Company 1891

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