Tent 25 History

NO. 25

Bellwood, Nebraska

Tent members named their tent after Kady Brownell who was born in Caffaria, Africa in 1842, while her father was a soldier in the British Army. Years later she came to America and married Robert S. Brownell in Providence, Rhode Island. When
her husband went to war, she went along to share his hardships. He was made orderly sergeant of the First Rhode Island Infantry and Kady was made color-bearer of this company. She became one of the quickest, most accurate marksman of the regiment. She was equally as good with the sword that hung at her belt.

During A. E. Burnside’s 1862 expedition to Roanoke Island, North Carolina, as they were passing through dense wood, another Federal unit mistook them for Confederates
and opened fire. Unmindful of personal danger, Mrs. Brownell grabbed the regimental colors, dashed in front of the men, and vigorously waved the flag until the identity of her regiment became known.

When she wasn’t carrying the colors for her regiment she was busy caring and nursing the sick and wounded even though several were rebels. Her husband, Robert, was hit
with a mini-ball that shattered the thigh bone. After 18 months of nursing, he was declared unfit for active duty so Kady had no thought of anything more other than just being a loving wife and friend. The colors she carried so proudly she still kept, her discharge, signed by A. E. Burnside, the sergeant sword,her name cut on the scabbard, and trophies of Newbern Days.

The above-referenced material was taken from “A Short History of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 and the Nebraska Department of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865. Photo public domain

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