Silver gelatin photograph, 8.5 x 6.5 in., mounted to 11.75 x 9.75 in., featuring a 20+ member band holding their instruments around a large bass drum identifying them as the "First / Regiment / Band / N.G. / Williamston, / S.C.," posed in front of the home of Colonel Joseph Brown in Anderson, South Carolina. Caption penciled on mat reads, "Reunion of Co. F, 14th at the Home of Col. Joseph Brown / Anderson, S.C." Ink inscription on verso reads, "Group taken on steps of col. Joseph Brown / Anderson, S.C. One of the Reunions of Co. F 14th Reg. / Father (J.D. Mock) attended." Older men and women stand behind the band on the porch of the home, the men likely being veterans of Co. F, South Carolina 14th Infantry. Confederate bunting hangs above the group, and a tattered flag with battle names and other information is held by an older man behind the band.
Colonel Joseph N. Brown (b. 1832) enjoyed a career in law before the start of the Civil War. At the outset of the conflict, Brown enlisted in the Confederate Army as a private and served on Morris Island during the bombardment of Fort Sumter. He left regular service to organize Company E of the 14th South Carolina Volunteers, and thereafter became that company's captain. In February of 1863, he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the regiment, and thereafter became the regiment's colonel (in which capacity he served until the end of the war). During the war, Brown was wounded twice at the Battles of Gaine's Mill and Gettysburg, captured at the fall of Petersburg, and imprisoned at Johnson's Island.
Brown returned to his career in law after the war, and subsequently entered into the world of politics, serving as a state representative from 1886-1887. Notably, Brown also helped form the National Bank of Anderson and served as that institution's president before its closure in 1891.
Photograph rather clear, with light wear to edges and corners. Mat with surface soil, some discoloration, and wear to edges and corners (including some ripping/tearing of paper).
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