Mustered into service as a Sergeant on July 29, 1861
Born 19 September 1833
Died 02 November 1897
Buried Greenwood Cemetery, Bureau Co. Illinios
New Stone 2005
Old Stone 2004
Sergeant Branson rose in the ranks until he achieved the rank of 1st. Lieutenant by the time he left the service in the fall of 1864. He was wounded slightly in the head at the Battle of Brawner Farm on August 28th, 1862 . At the Battle of South Mountain on September 14th, 1862 he again was wounded in the head but this time it was severe. He was shot behind the right ear and the bullet remained in his head until the day he died. He was wounded for the third time at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1st, 1863.
He filed for and started to receive a pension in 1866.