Tracing by Rashydia
Henry "Dad" Brown
African-American Confederate Solider

Fourth Grade Webpage Team
Brockington Elementary Magnet School
Darlington, S. C.

Flash Movie by Adam
This is an actual photograph of
"Dad" Brown, the drummer

This webpage is dedicated to Mr. Henry Brown who was a Confederate solider from Darlington, South Carolina.

Mr. Brown, also know as "Dad", has been remembered with a special marker across the street from our school. There was a special ceremony with important people and officials earlier this year.

A Very Smart Man:
by Rashydia Blair
Growing Up:
a story by
Adam Miles

 

 

This year we began to learn about Mr. Henry Brown but everyone called him "Dad". Some people put a marker up and wrote about him in the newspaper. We learned that Mr. Brown wasn't an ordinary person.

He taught himself how to read and write. He also had to have had to know about a lot about business because he owned alot of land. He used to live next to our school. His wife also had to be very smart. She was one of the people who founded the Macedonia Baptist Church right here in Darlington.

He had to have had a good mom and dad. He also must have been real good because he wasn't one of the men who was mad at every little thing.

Dad brown was a very special person because he fought in 3 wars. He was one of the drummers. A drummer back then in the wars would help them communicate when they needed to say something.

Dad brown was someone very special to people back then.

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A Very Smart Man:
by Rashydia Blair
Growing Up:
a story by
Adam Miles

 

Dad Brown was a very intelligent man!

To begin with Dad Brown was very smart. He taught himself how to write, read ,and he learned how to do math. Dad Brown was so smart that he had been freed from his owner.

Dad Brown' s wife was also smart. Both of them were free from their owner. Dad Brown was so smart he even owned land. His wife was one of the founders of a church in this city, Darlington, South Carolina.

Dad Brown was very strong, brave, and was a well known man. Many people knew Dad Brown. People from many different states knew him.

Dad Brown was very brave to be a Black African American solider to play the drum in the war. Dad Brown was also very obedient to his Captain's orders. He did everything he was told to do. I would also say Dad Brown was so smart, that most people could depend or count on him.

My opinon is that Dad Brown was a smart, rich, and kind man. Now that you have finished reading this story, do you think Dad Brown was a smart, rich, and kind man or was he an unkind, mean, and rich kind of man?

I have already chosen. Now you chose! It' s your choice and not mine!!!!!

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A Very Smart Man:
by Rashydia Blair
Growing Up:
a story by
Adam Miles

 

 

Growing Up: a story by Adam Miles

It was another night in the house. I was glad but tomorrow I would have to work hard in the fields and in the big house.

I fished a lot too. I would catch bass and other fish. My father taught me how. I am very good. I played a little bit. I played marbles, stilts made of sticks, and tag. Life is fun but hard work.

It was fun and hard work sometimes like picking cotton, feeding the chickens and working in the fields. Sometimes it was fun like making stilts or playing marbles. Sometimes when we went to the creek we swam, other times we fished. Once we went to pick berries and I saw a snake!

Other times we went hunting it was fun.We played a game where we took a rock and threw it over a house it landed on my head! I like playing better than working but I work a lot.

I think "Dad" Brown was a nice giving person with a good famliy and a good attitude. He was a man with self conviction. He must have had a lot of courage and resolve. His wife was a founder of the Baptist Church. He was a drummer with the 1st and 21st battalion. He was a free black who knew how to read and write.

 

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A Very Smart Man:
by Rashydia Blair
Growing Up:
a story by
Adam Miles

 

These are two pictures from the ceremony for Dad Brown's marker across the street from our school.
   

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A Very Smart Man:
by Rashydia Blair
Growing Up:
a story by
Adam Miles

 

   
Black Confederate Soldiers There were Black Confederate soldiers. This is a fact, not fiction. Conservative estimates state that over 50,000 African-Confederates served in the Confederate Army. Many of these men saw combat and participated in it. Some died.
Civil War Drummers Many things have been written about the drummer boys of the Civil War. Especially during the war, hundreds of magazine articles, songs, short stories, and novels were produced. However, when one sifts through the plethora of material, there are relatively few good sources on them.
"Dad" Brown Remembered Black Confederate Veteran 'Dad' Brown Remembered Hartsville Messenger | 11-07-01 | Jim Faile, Managing Editor
On Black Confederates Black Confederates Why haven't we heard more about them?
Some Disagree The person who wrote this article doesn't beleive there were black Confederate soldiers in the Civil War.
Testimony of a freed slave Harry McMillan testified-- I am about 40 years of age, and was born in Georgia but came to Beaufort when a small boy. I was owned by General Eustis and lived upon his plantation....

 

About Us

We are three fourth graders at Brockington Elementary Magnet School.

First there was Adam Miles and Rashydia Blair who wrote and did art work for the webpage using Macromedia Flash5. I am Michael Lancto. I am responsible for putting all the work we did onto this page and making this a webpage using Macromedia Dreamweaver3.

Ms. Lina Pearson, our Media Specialist, told us about Mr. Brown and provided resource materials from the Media Center and newspapers.

Our sponsor is Mr. Henderson who teaches Technology at our school. He has taught school for twenty-five years.

 

 

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