Private Edward Brown was born in Albemarle County around 1839. He enlisted as a private at City Point, Virginia, on May 18, 1864, and mustered into Company H of the 5th United States Colored Troops Infantry Regiment seven days later. His enlistment papers gave his occupation as cooper and described him as 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches tall, with black hair, eyes, and skin. Brown enlisted as a hospital attendant for a period of three years, before deserting on September 2, 1864, near Deep Bottom, Virginia. He disappeared from the historical record after his desertion.
Private Brown was profiled by the University of Virginia's John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History in 2017, as part of their Black Virginians in Blue digital project.
- Web. Edward Brown (5th USCT), Website, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History: Black Virginians in Blue, April 10, 2021, retrieved July 28, 2021.