John Marshall Brown's militia shoulder boards, Portland, ca. 1875

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


A pair of M1872 staff officer shoulder knots, also known as shoulder boards, featuring silver oak leaves, the initial "J. D.," and an eagle decorated stud or button. The silver oak leaves signify a lieutenant colonel, Brown's rank while he commanded the 32nd Maine Regiment during the Civil War. After his discharge, Brown was brevetted with brigadier general status. It is unclear why the shoulder boards reflect his Civil War rank, as it appears he paired them with his militia frock coat, post war.

John Marshall Brown of Portland was active in the Maine militia, including its reorganization after the War. Brown’s advocacy for veterans is an important part of his legacy. Most notably, he was instrumental in establishing Togus Veteran’s Home, one of the first medical facilities of its kind in the nation.

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  • Title: John Marshall Brown's militia shoulder boards, Portland, ca. 1875
  • Creation Date: circa 1875
  • Subject Date: circa 1875
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: wool, brass, metalic thread
  • Dimensions: 2 cm x 10 cm x 18 cm
  • Local Code: 2002.421.010a,b
  • Collection: John Marshall Brown collection
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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