Alexander Davidson Brown
13th Battalion Artillery


Lieutenant Alexander Davidson Brown, was born in Scotland in 1837. He came to America in 1857, and for three years resided in Boston, he became a resident in Wilmington N.C. in 1860. For four years he wore the Confederate Gray. He enlisted in April 1861 as a private in the artillery company of Captain James D. Cummings, later known as Battery C of the Thirteenth Battalion. In this command he was successively promoted to Corporal, Junior Second Lieutenant and Senior Second Lieutenant. During his military career he participated in the fighting at New Bern and on the Petersburg lines in numerous engagements, took part in the fighting on the retreat from Petersburg, and at Appomattox Court House previous to the surrender. After his return to Wilmington he embarked in the dry goods trade in 1867, and made himself a successful career. He served as Director of the State Penitentiary for four years, and was recognised as a leading and influential citizen. In 1868 he married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Emanuel, and they had two children, Rachel F. and Maggie F. Brown

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