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Henry Howard Brownell

1820–1872

Born in Providence, Rhode Island. Son of Lucia de Wolf and Dr. Pardon Brownell; nephew of Episcopalian bishop Thomas Church Brownell. Graduated Washington College (now Trinity) in Hartford, Connecticut, 1841; taught briefly in Mobile Alabama, before retuning to Hartford to study law; admitted to the bar in 1844. Tuned to writing career, publishing Poems (1847), The People’s Book of Ancient History (1851), and Ephermerson (1855).

In 1862 wrote a poem based on Admiral Farragut’s “General Orders” to his fleet in the attack on New Orleans; published in various newspapers, the poem came to the attention of Farragut, who corresponded with Brownell and (supposedly in response to Brownell’s expressed desire to witness a naval battle) offered him a portion as acting ensign on the flagship Hartford. Wrote descriptions poem about a number of navel engagement that he witnessed, including the battle of Mobile Bay. War poems, published as Lyrics of a Day, of Newspaper Poems, earned admiration of Oliver Wendell Holmes, who called Brownell “Our Battle Laureate.” His final volume of poetry, War Lyrics and Other Poems, appeared in 1866.

Henry Howard Brownell
Henry Howard Brownell
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