Wesley Brown was a resident of Mansfield on September 5, 1861 when he enlisted as a Private in Co. B of the 10th Regiment Connecticut Volunteer Infantry; he reenlisted as a veteran reenlistment on January 1, 1864. He was wounded October 7, 1864 at Newmarket Road, Virginia and August 16, 1864, at Drewry’s Bluff, Virginia. He was mustered out August 25, 1865.
He was born about December, 1840, probably in Mansfield to John and Abigail Maria (Fenton) Brown. In the 1860 U.S. census in Coventry, he is a 19 year old farmer in the household of Lyman Starkweather. Lyman’s wife is Abigail M. and three of Wesley’s siblings are living in the household; it appears that Lyman Starkweather is his stepfather. After the Civil War, he returned to Coventry and worked as a farm laborer. In both the 1880 and 1900 U.S. censuses, he is living in the Coventry household headed by a sibling or a brother-in-law. Wesley Brown never married, and after 1900, he moved to the Fitch’s Home for Soldiers in Darien.
On September 16, 1882, he applied for an invalid pension, No. 460,115 that was granted under certificate No. 518,271. The pension index also states that he served in Co. E of 3rd United States Artillery Regiment.
Wesley Brown died on November 7, 1909 at Fitch’s Home for Soldiers in Darien, Connecticut and is buried at the Fitch’s Home for Soldiers Cemetery also known as the Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien, Connecticut.