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Brown, Anne Seddon Kinsolving (1906–1985) - Military History

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Anne S. K. Brown, one of the few women military historians, was born March 25, 1906, in Brooklyn, New York, to Arthur B. Kinsolving, a clergyman and Sally (Bruce) Kinsolving. She attended Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated in 1924. From 1925 until 1930, when she married John Nicholas Brown, Anne was a feature writer, columnist, and music critic. After her marriage she continued her interest in music, serving on several boards and acting as program chair. As her interest in military history developed, she began serving on boards such as the national board of the U.S. Navy Relief Society (1946–1949), the advisory board for Fort Ticonderoga (1959–1963), and the advisory board of the U.S. Army Military History Research Collection (1970–1985).

Brown was a co-founder of the Company of Military Collectors and Historians in 1949 and also belonged to the American Military Institute, National Society of Colonial Dames of America, Society for Army Historical Research, and several foreign societies. For her work in these and other organizations she received the L.H.D. from Brown University in 1962; the Rhode Island Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1969; the Chinard Prize in 1972 for the leading publication in the Franco-American field; the Award of Merit; the American Association for State and Local History in 1973, and the National Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor in 1973. That same year, she was awarded a Certificate of Merit from the State of Rhode Island Bicentennial Commission.

Brown published several books in her field, including The Anatomy of Glory: Napoleon and His Guard (with Henry Lachouque, 1961) and The American Campaigns of Rochambeau’s Army: 1780–1783 , (1972). She was a compiler, with R. G. Thurburn, of the Index to British Military Costume Prints, 1500–1914 in 1972 and a contributor to many military and historical journals. Anne S. K. Brown died in 1985.

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