PIERCE D. BROWN or as he was recorded in the records of the Camden Fire Department, Pearce Brown, was born in Pennsylvania in February of 1844. He appears in the 1860 Census, living with his father, Henry Brown and younger siblings Peter and Sarah in Camden's South Ward. He was learning the brickmaker's trade at the time of the Census.

Pierce Brown enlisted as a Private in Company F, 3rd Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops on July 11, 1863. The 3rd Infantry organized at Camp William Penn, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from August 3 through August 10, 1863. The regiment was ordered to the Department of the South, and attached to initially to 4th Brigade, 10th Corps at Morris Island, S.C. 10th Corps, Dept. of the South, to November, 1863. 3rd Brigade, Morris Island, S. C., 10th Corps, to January, 1864. Montgomery's Brigade, District of Hilton Head, S. C., 10th Corp , to February, 1864. 

The regiment took part in the sieges at Fort Wagner and Fort Gregg, South Carolina, engaging the enemy on August 22, August 26, August 27, and September 3, 1863, and took part in the final capture of the two forts on September 7. The 3rd Regiment took part in operations against Charleston, fighting ion October 2 and November 14, 1863.

In February of 1864 the regiment was attached to 2nd Brigade, Vodge's Division, District of Florida, Dept. of the South. The regiment moved to Hilton Head S. C., thence to Jacksonville, Florida, February 5-7,  and then took up duty at Jacksonville as Heavy Artillery till May, 1865; with one company stationed at Fernandina, Florida. The regiment took part in an expedition from Jacksonville to Camp Milton, May 31 through June 3, 1864, and fought at Front Creek on July 15 and at Bryan's Plantation on October 21, 1864. On March 10, 1865 the 3rd Regiment fought at Marion County, Florida. After May of 1865 the 3rd Regiment took up occupation duties at Tallahassee, Lake City and other points in Florida, serving in this capacity until October, 1865. Private Brown was among those who mustered out of Mustered out of Company F, 3rd Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops on October 31, 1865. The full summary of the 3rd Regiment U.S. Colored Troops' actions during the Civil War and the complete muster roll is available through Google Books in volume five of Samuel P. Bates, History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5 (1871).

Pierce Brown returned to Camden after completing his military service. Generally working as a laborer, he appears in Camden's 1872 City Directory living at Kaighn's Point Avenue and Ann Street

Pierce Brown was appointed to the Camden Fire Department as an extra man with Engine Company 2 on April 8, 1877. He and Solomon Clark were the first two black firefighters to be appointed to the Camden Fire Department. Pierce Brown replaced William Stanton. Pierce Brown was removed from service on November 26, 1877 and was replaced by John Wesley Beckett. As stated above, Camden Fire Department records do not have an address for Pierce Brown, but they do indicate he was working as a laborer. The 1878-1879 City Directory confirms this, and gives an address of 822 Sycamore Street. The 1880 Census has him at 809 Sycamore Street.

The 1881-1882 Directory shows an address of 807 Sycamore Street. The 1882-1883, 1883-1884, and 1884-1885 editions show P.S. Brown, brickmaker, at 807 Sycamore Street.

Pierce Brown married around 1886. He and his wife Araminta were not. however, blessed with children. 

Pierce Brown was living at 558 Mount Vernon Street in 1887 and 1888. The 1890 Camden City Directory and the 1890 Veterans Census shows an address of 3 Philip Street. The 1893-1894 and 1894-1895 Directories have Pierce Brown at 1745 Philip Street. 1896 and 1897 editions give an address of 1721 Van Buren Street. By 1898 Pierce Brown had moved to 647-1/2 Van Hook Street. He was still at this address when the Census was taken on April 26, 1910. 

Pierce Brown died on May 22, 1910 and was buried at Mt. Peace Cemetery in what is now Lawnside, New Jersey. Araminta Brown is listed in the 1910-1911 Camden City Directory, however, his wife Araminta was. She was not listed in the 1914 Camden City Directory. Later in life Pierce Brown claimed to have been born in 1822, but this is very doubtful, given previous documents.. 

Peirce Brown was an active member and at one time Post Commander of the William P. Robeson Post No. 51, Grand Army of the Republic.

Philadelphia Inquirer * March 26, 1877