Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Navy as a Landsman on the USS Hartford, and he was from Mississippi. He was awarded his medal for action at Mobile Bay, Alabama, on August 5, 1864, during the Civil War. His citation reads "On board the flagship USS Hartford during successful attacks against Fort Morgan, rebel gunboats, and the ram Tennessee. Knocked unconscious into the hold of the ship when an enemy shell-burst fatally wounded a man on the ladder above him, Brown, upon regaining conscciousness, promptly returned to the shell whip on the berth deck and zealously continued to perform his duties, although four of the six men at this station had been either killed or wounded by the enemy's terrific fire."