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BROWNELL, Henry Howard, author, born in Providence, Rhode Island, 6 February, 1820; died in East Hartford, Connecticut, 31 October, 1872. He was a nephew of Bishop Brownell, was graduated at Trinity College, Hartford, in 1811, studied law, and was admitted to the bar, but became a teacher, and settled in Hartford. Early in the civil war he turned into spirited verse the "General Orders" issued by Farragut for the guidance of his fleet in the attack on the defenses of New Orleans. This piece of verse, floating through the newspapers, came to Farragut's notice, and so pleased him that he made inquiry for the author. In a correspondence that ensued, Brownell expressed a strong desire to witness a naval battle, and Farragut promised to gratify him, a promise that was fulfilled in Brown-ell's appointment as acting ensign on the flag-ship "Hartford," and his participation in the battle of Mobile bay. "The River Fight" and "The Bay Fight," describing the naval actions at New Orleans and Mobile, are his longest and finest poems. Oliver Wendell Holmes said of them : "They are to all the drawing-room battle-poems as the torn flags of our victorious armadas to the stately ensigns that dressed their ships in the harbor." After the war he accompanied Admiral Farragut on his cruise in European waters. He published "Poems" (New York, 1847); "The People's Book of Ancient and Modern History" (Hartford, 1851); "The Discoverers, Pioneers, and Settlers of North and South America" (Boston, 1853); "Lyrics of a Day, or Newspaper Poetry, by a Volunteer in the United States Set-vice" (New York, 1864); and a revised edition of his poems, containing all that he cared to preserve (Boston, 1866). See " Our Battle Laureate," by Oliver Wendell Holmes, in the "Atlantic Monthly" for May, 1865.
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