b. 1837 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. d. 12/08/1866 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 05/08/1864 Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Born in 1837 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brazell was still living in that city when he joined the Navy. He served during the Civil War first on the USS Brooklyn. In the April 1862 Battle of Forts Jackson and St. Philip, Brooklyn fought Confederate ships in the Mississippi and passed artillery batteries at Chalmette, Louisiana, leading to the capture of New Orleans. The ship then proceeded up the river and Brazell participated in the passage of Vicksburg, Mississippi, in mid-1862 before transferring to the USS Richmond. At the Battle of Mobile Bay on August 5, 1864, he showed "coolness and good conduct" while serving as a quartermaster and gun captain aboard Richmond. For this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor four months later, on December 31, 1864.
Served on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the action at Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864, where he was recommended for coolness and good conduct as a gun captain during that engagement which resulted in the capture of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the destruction of Fort Morgan. Brazell served gallantly throughout the actions with Forts Jackson and St. Philip, the Chalmettes, batteries below Vicksburg, and was present at the surrender of New Orleans while on board the U.S.S. Brooklyn.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
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