Category Archives: Parson William Brownlow

Susan Brownlow’s grave

Susan  Brownlow, daughter of the parson the Confederacy hated, was a young widow (Sawyers) with a five-year-old child at the time of the novel, though she often left the child with one of the family’s house slaves. She was a … Continue reading

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Bill Brownlow: Confederate dissenter

Dissent from Confederate political-correctness was not unusual in the Civil War, as professional historian Victoria Bynum’s latest book relates. Parson Bill Brownlow probably was unique, however, in his willingness to risk all by publicizing his dissent in the pages of … Continue reading

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Susan Brownlow

Parson William Gannaway Brownlow was as popular in the North as he was despised in the South. So when the Confederates finally kicked him out of Knoxville, he and his wife Elisa and their daughter, Susan, enjoyed great acclaim in … Continue reading

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Camp Chase Prison

In the novel, as in history, Thirteenth Mississippi Lt. Col. Alfred George Washington O’Brien was captured in Fort Sanders. His older sister, Elisa, the wife of radical Unionist Parson William Brownlow, had the privilege of nursing his minor wounds in … Continue reading

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Stonewall’s Unionist sister

One of the themes of Knoxville 1863 is the bitter division of the town and surrounding area between Unionists and Confederates. Leila Ellis, Confederate Major Clayton Ellis’s widow, is herself a Union sympathizer. Not to mention Knoxville Unionist Elisa Brownlow’s … Continue reading

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Parson Brownlow

A Mathew Brady photo of radical preacher, newspaper editor/publisher and politician Parson Brownlow, either as governor of Tennessee, 1865-69 or U.S. Senator 1869-75. He got his parson title as a Methodist circuit rider in the 1820s. He plays a minor … Continue reading

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Parson Brownlow’s home

Via the Tennessee State Library & Archives where it is not made clear whether this was the Brownlow home in 1863, when he fled the Longstreet siege, or only later, after he was governor. So let’s go ahead and think … Continue reading

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News from Confederate Veteran

From the September, 1895 edition of the magazine: “How indeed ‘all the world is akin!’ The widow of Gov. W. G. Brownlow, conspicuous for many years in Tennessee, especially in reconstruction times, still lives in their well-known residence in Knoxville. … Continue reading

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