Jane Junius Henri Browne
(1833-1902) Journalist, writer. Born in Seneca Falls, N.Y. In 1861 he became
war correspondent for the New York Tribune but was taken prisoner by the
Confederate army. He was kept in various prisons for a year and a half,
eventually escaped from Salisbury, N.C., and traveled 400 miles through
hostile country to reach Union lines. After the war he served as
correspondent for the New York Times and Tribune as well as writing for
journals and periodicals. His best known works are "Four Years in Secessia"
(1865), "The Great Metropolis: a Mirror of New York" (1869), and "Sights and
Sensations in Europe" (1871). "We should look leniently on the Bohemian, and will, I apprehend, when we reflect how extremely difficult his duty is, and how utterly impossible it is to give general satisfaction. Let us yield him some credit, if not for what he does, for what he refrains from doing; and if we look into his life and avocations, we will find he is far more sinned against that sinning, and less a journalist than a patriot; that he undergoes hardship, and exposes himself to dangers because he is earnest and loyal, and truly devoted to our great and glorious cause."
In the early days of the war, he followed the army in Missouri and this is what has really caught my attention. My oldest daughter is in her fourth year of school at Springfield, Mo and I have spent quite a bit of time in the same areas that Browne has camped in. I have toured Wilson's Creek Battlefield on many occasions and to read about the topography of the land and the landmarks where he stopped and reflected are some of the same areas that I have walked as well.
He visited the battlefield in Oct. and there was still quite a bit of debris left from the fight in August. It will make a presentation that much more believable because of the first hand experience I have had.
ing world and really made it exciting again.