Antique Associates at West Townsend

The Military Artifacts of Civil War
Brig. General Elias A. Brown, 40th N.Y. State Militia

From his early life, Elias A. Brown (b. 1811, Albany, N.Y.), took a special interest in the military. Elias attended Albany Academy, and then began his military training as a cadet in Middleton, Connecticut's Scientific Military Academy 1824-26. After serving as an officer aboard the steamer North American while it was sunk on the Hudson by ice in 1838, Brown moved to Minaville, N.Y. to marry the daughter of General Jay Cady, subsequently becoming Cady's partner in Minaville's General Store.

Over the years, Brown became the sole owner of the General Store, and served as postmaster, town clerk, and Justice of the Peace, but always kept his hand in the military. In 1850, Brown was Brigade Inspector of the 13th Brigade, N.Y. National Guard. In 1853, Brown joined the Military Association as brevet major, becoming colonel in 1854 in the N.Y. Volunteers, 40th Infantry Battalion, 5th Division, 18th Brigade, and was assigned one company of Calvary.

When the Civil War broke out, Brown used his store as a recruiting center, and took on the role of Brigade General, 13th Brigade, N.Y. Volunteers. Brown's son took an active role in the war, and the senior Brown contributed to Montgomery County, N Y. until his death in 1890, remaining Brig. General through the Railroad Riots in 1876, heading the Democratic committee for years, and participating in local fraternal organizations.

Fortunately, the family had the good sense to keep much of Brig. Gen. Brown's possessions relating to his long career of service to his country. Brown's regulation frock coat, kepi, forage cap, and many personal military items such as Brown's leopard skin pistol holders, belt plates and buckles, scrambled eggs , rank decoration, gloves, hats, rain gear, etc. were kept along with his regulation Brig Gen. saddlecloth, saddle, parade and general use tack, mss. and tactical books, along with an appliqu�d banner with "Our Heroes, Welcome Home" and another related Civil War banner celebrating the end of the war, a wooden hat box with an inlaid 5th Corp Badge insignia, several pieces of fraternal material, and more.

Brig. Gen. Brown was photographed wearing the very same frock coat, and carrying his kepi. Brown's house and store remained in the same family from 1811 to 1978, when the contents were sold to the current owner via a documented transaction. Every piece in this collection is guaranteed original to the Brown collection. Although no photography will be included in the lot, copies of select images and a complete provenance will be given to the buyer.