1st Nebraska Now a 501c3 Tax-exempt Organization

I am happy to announce that the 1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band has received its Letter of Determination from the IRS stating that the band is a public charity and exempt from federal income tax.

The letter also stated: “You’re qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts.” Foundations, businesses, or individuals who give grants or donations to 1st Nebraska are able to deduct the amount of those donations from their federal income tax.

Our number one fundraising goal is to purchase Civil War era brass and drums on which we’ll play at our historically oriented performances. Smaller brass instruments like cornets generally cost between $2,000 and $2,500. Large brass instruments like tubas can cost between $4,000 and $10,000. Drums can range between $500 and $2,500.

1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band performs for Civic and Patriotic Events, Community Festivals, School Concerts, and Civil War activities.

If you, or a foundation or business you know, would like to help us raise funds to purchase some instruments please email me at whall1946@gmail.comĀ for details. Soon we will include a “donate here” button on our website through PayPal.

FOUND: The Grave Marker of Joseph A. Brown

Joseph A. Brown was the Leader of the original 1st Nebraska Volunteer Infantry’s Regimental Band. He was born in Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany in 1837 and immigrated to the US in 1849-1850. According to the 1860 US Census, Brown married Adelphena ___ from Missouri, and had a daughter Josephine who was born in 1859. At the time of the census the Browns were living in Omaha, and Joseph was employed as a musician.

Joseph Brown enlisted in the 1st Nebraska Infantry in June 1861, and was appointed Leader of the Regimental Band. He and the rest of the band were mustered out of service in August, 1862. That appears to end Brown’s military duty.

Joseph Brown's Grave Marker
Joseph Brown’s Grave Marker

Next, Joseph Brown shows up in Bozeman, Montana in the 1870 US Census working in the Spieth and Krug Brewery. In 1890, Brown applies for an Invalid Pension listing Montana as the state of application, and with his service listed as Principal Musician Band,1st Nebraska Infantry.

At this point I don’t know what happened to Brown’s wife or daughter.

Joseph Brown seems to have lived out the remainder of his life in Montana, often working as a placer miner and boarding in Gardner Park and Chico in Missoula County. The date of his death has not been verified as there are several Joseph Brown’s that worked as miners in various Montana locales. But it seems likely that his death occurred about 1916.

The news of today is: I found Joseph Brown’s grave marker using Billion Graves and Find a Grave. It’s located in the Florence-Carlton Cemetery across the road from Old Carlton Church in Missoula, Montana.

This is a GREAT find!