The Lowell Star, Aug. 17, 1872, page 5, column 3, had a list of soldiers who were supporters of Grant in that election. Among them was Charles Brownell of the 5th Ind. Cav.
The following article from the Mar. 1, 1900, Star can be found in the Local History Files at the Lowell Public Library (LH--Vital Statistics, vol. 4, page 12):
Death of C.A. Brownell
After a long period of suffering the spirit of Commissioner Charles A. Brownell, was released from its earthly tenement of clay last Thursday afternoon. He had exhausted all means within his physician's power to obtain relief and as a last resort made a trip to Florida in the hope of obtaining relief. After his reaching Florida he rapidly grew worse and was ordered home at once by the physicians. All hopes of his recovery were given up after his return home a week ago Sunday and he failed rapidly until at last the grim reaper of death claimed him. The sad news of his death was received here with sorrow and many are the friends who knew and liked him in life and now sincerely mourn his death.
OBITUARY -- Charles A. Brownell was born in Schoharie county, New York, August 3d, 1846. Died at Lowell, Indiana, February 22d, 1900, at the age of 53 years, 6 months and 19 days. He moved to Lake county with his parents April 15th, 1854. He was married to Miss Francis Starr, February 25th, 1869. To this union two children were born, one son and one daughter (Mrs. Jud. Davis). He served in the war of the rebellion as a member of Co. K., Fifth Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, from which he was discharged in December, 1864, on account of ill health. Mr. Brownell was an honest upright man and a respected citizen. He served as township trustee of Eagle Creek for several years, and was at the time of his death serving his second term as county commissioner of Lake county.
The funeral services were conducted at Lowell on Saturday and notwithstanding the inclement weather was largely attended. The G.A.R. took charge of the ceremonies of interment and were assisted by the K. of P. and Rathbone Sisters. A number of the county officers of this place attended in a body as a mark of respect to his memory.