Gold medal presented to Frank Brownell by the citizens of Troy, New York

Gold medal presented to Frank Brownell by the citizens of Troy, New York

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A gold medal presented to Frank E. Brownell by citizens of Troy, New York. Brownell, a private in the 11th New York Volunteers, shot Alexandria, Virginia hotelier James Jackson after Jackson killed Brownell's commanding officer, Colonel Elmer Ellsworth, at Alexandria's Marshall House on May 24, 1861. Brownell was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions at the Marshall House, including avenging Ellsworth's death and inflicting what many consider to be the first Confederate casualty of the Civil War. This medal, engraved to show two Union soldiers in camp on the recto, bears an inscription on the verso reading "To Frank E. Brownell. / from his fellow-citizens of Troy, N. Y. / for / his coolness and heroism in avenging the murder of / Col. Ellsworth. / at Alexandria, Va. / May 24th 1861 / It was his duty and he performed it".
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Object Name
Associated Date
May 24 1861
associated person
Brownell, Frank E.
Ellsworth, Elmer E.
Associated Place
United States: New York, Troy
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
Physical Description
metal, gilt (overall material)
overall (as stored): 5 in x 3 in x 1 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 2.54 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Civil War
Civil War memorialization
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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