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Brunson, Oliver L.

OLIVER L. BRUNSON, retired farmer, P.O. Guy’s Mills, was born in Charlotte, Chautauqua Co., N.Y., January 12, 1839, son of Munson and Electa (Chase) Brunson, natives of Massachusetts, and parents of seven children, four of whom died in infancy. Our subject received a common school education and commenced life as a farmer. He taught school one term in South Randolph. During the war of the Rebellion he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth New York State Volunteers, serving three years. He participated in several noted engagements, such as Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, on which latter occasion, in the bayonet charge to capture the flag, he was wounded in the left shoulder and taken prisoner July 1, 1863. Mr. Brunson was confined in several prison dens; first, in Belle Isle, then Libby; thence sent to Scott’s Prison, from there returned to Belle Isle, and finally conveyed to Andersonville, Savannah, Millen, Charleston and Florence, respectively, at which latter place he was paroled November 20, 1864. While prisoner he contracted scurvy and rheumatism, which renders him a total cripple and almost helpless; as a partial compensation for which he receives a pension of $12 per month. The three brothers living were all in the service and all disabled— Enos S., wounded in the right hand, Alfred F., wounded in the left hand, and our subject wounded in the left shoulder, Mr. Brunson was married October 10, 1865, to Miss Rosa Shade, born May 22, 1844. To this union were born four children: Leon E., Mary L. and Florence and Flora (twins). Our subject is a member of the Congregational Church at Guy’s Mills; in politics he is a Republican.


 

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