Richard Brown

Quartermaster Richard Brown, 2nd Regiment, New Hampshire Continental Line

Richard Brown was born in Unity, New Hampshire in 1742. He was the son of Ebenezer and Margaret (Goss) Brown.

On May 23, 1775, Richard Brown was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Captain Henry Elkins’ company of Colonel Enoch Poor’s 2nd New Hampshire Regiment.

On November 8, 1776, Second Lieutenant Brown was promoted to Quartermaster in the Second Regiment, New Hampshire Continental Line. During the Continental Army’s encampment at Valley Forge, Quartermaster Brown is listed with the Regimental Staff of the 2nd New Hampshire. He is further marked as “sick” during most of the encampment.

Due to his weakened health, Quartermaster Richard Brown resigned from the Army on August 22, 1778. He died in 1782. Later, Richard Brown’s wife, Mary Foote, applied to the State of New Hampshire for his back wages.  

Sources: Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army, (Baltimore, 1914), 126; The State of New Hampshire, Provincial and State Papers, Volume XIII, (Concord, 1884), 587; Ezra S. Stearns, History of Plymouth, New Hampshire: Volume II, (Cambridge, 1906), 80; Selected Wartime Service Records of Quartermaster Richard Brown