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John Bell Brownlow Document

Identifier: MS-2857

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This collection consists of one hand-written copy by John Bell Brownlow of an affidavit filed at the pension office in Washington, D.C., dated June 23, 1880. The document concerns his disability claim of hemorrhoids and gives a detailed list of Brownlow's actions during the Civil War, the suffering of his disability following the war, and of the doctors and treatments he received.


  • 1880 June 23

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This June 23, 1880, document by John Bell Brownlow, is a copy penned by Brownlow himself of an affidavit filed at the pension office in Washington, D.C., concerning his disability claim for hemorrhoids resulting from events during and after the Civil War.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Bell Brownlow was born to William Gannaway Parson Brownlow, an ardent East Tennessee Unionist and editor of the Knoxville Whig, and Eliza O'Brien Brownlow in Elizabethton, Tennessee on October 19, 1839. He graduated from Emory and Henry College in Virginia and then served a long internship at his father's newspaper. During the Civil War, Brownlow commanded the Union's 9th Regiment of Tennessee Cavalry. After the war, he served as a special agent for the United States Treasury Department (1865-1866) and then worked for the United States Post Office. In 1904, Brownlow and his son, William G. Brownlow II, started Knoxville's first real estate firm, J. B. & W. G. Brownlow Co. John Bell Brownlow died in 1922.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Purchased by Special Collections, August 10, 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA