A report from our Brothers in Florida …
On Sunday, May 20th, members of the Sons of Union Veterans Frederick R Jackson Camp # 7 held a memorial service for Civil War Medal of Honor recipient Edgar A Bras, who is buried in Fort Lauderdale’s historic Evergreen Cemetery. 1st Sergeant Bras, who died in 1923, was a veteran of the 8th Iowa regiment and one of the founding fathers of Ft. Lauderdale. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at the Battle of Spanish Fort in Mobile Bay on April 8th 1865, for risking his life to capture the enemy’s flag,
Bras was a Deacon and Sunday School superintendent at the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Alice Schmidlin, a member of the church and a friend of Bras’ daughter Ethel Bras Herbert, laid a wreath at the gravesite. The invocation was led by Reverend Mike Jeffries.
SUV Past Commander Bob Jones spoke about Edgar Bras’ life, and a salute was fired by a musket squad dressed in Civil War uniform. Taps was performed by 14 year old bugler Austin Wright.
The Department of Iowa would like to extend our thanks to Frederick R. Jackson Camp #7, Department of Florida, SUVCW, for honoring Edgar and providing us with the above report and photographs.
First Sergeant Edgar A. Bras of Company “K”, 8th Iowa Veteran Infantry earned the Medal of Honor for actions at Mobile, Alabama on April 8, 1865, where he captured a rebel flag.