Hiram Thomas Brown (1846-1888)
Only on very rare occasion do I find the work of creating a brief biographical sketch of a Civil War veteran buried in Stephens County, Oklahoma has already been done and, for that matter, already appears online. Such is the case, however, with Hiram Thomas Brown, this despite the fact Hiram died at an early age (age 42) and nearly twenty years before Oklahoma statehood. Instead of repeating information on Hiram here, let me simply steer you toward Alta F. Brean’s book entitled Dear Grandchildren: Growing Up on the Frontier. You can read much of it online here as a Google Book.
During the Civil War, Hiram served as a Private in Co. C of the USA, 1st Iowa Cavalry Regiment from February 1864 until February 1866. A complete history of the 1st Iowa Cavalry, written by the regiment’s surgeon, Charles Lothrop, can be read online here as a Google Book. A brief history, which includes note of the 1st Iowa’s deep disdain for Gen. George Armstrong Custer, can be read here.
Hiram’s grave is in the Old Jackson (aka: Old Scott) cemetery near Velma, Oklahoma. His grave is located in the west central portion of the cemetery near an oak tree. The quality of the photograph I have of his fallen gravestone is not as high a quality as this one.
Hiram’s name does not appear in Dale Talkington’s fine listing of Union veterans buried in the state of Oklahoma, The Long Blue Line.