First of all, I found the following biography in “Prominent Citizens of Huntington” HISTORY OF SANPETE AND EMERY COUNTIES, pp 646, 647, 1898:
“Brasher, John L., farmer and local agent for the Co-op Wagon and Machine Company in Emery county, son of Andrew J. and Temperance, was born in Caldwell county, Kentucky, August 9 1843. His father owned a fine plantation and he grew up on the farm. Just before the fall of Fort Donelson he enlisted in the Confederate Army under Capt. Wilcox in General Forest’s division. Was at the fall of Donelson and was transferred to General John H. Morgan’s division, and took part in many engagements, being in the battles of Cynthiana, Kentucky and Murphysboro, Tennessee. He served about two years under Morgan and was discharged on account of being wounded. In ’63 he came to Utah, crossing the plains in Elias Perry’s freighting train and drove a six-mule team. He located in Salt Lake City, where he was engaged in various occupations until ’78, when he became a policeman and deputy sheriff. Was married in Salt Lake City April 6, 1865, to Eliza, daughter of George and Elizabeth Cheshire. Her parents are still living in the capitol. She was born in England, July 26, 1849. They have eight living children: Clara B., John W., Temperance E., Elizabeth, Reuben, Lecle, Francis M., and Bertha. His second wife was Ann Butler. She has four children: Thomas J., Andrew J., Annie E., and Mary. He removed to Randolph, Rich county in ’75 and in ’80 came to Huntington, where he bought a farm 160 acres and engaged in general farming. In ’82 he was appointed to fill the office of Assessor and Collector of the county and then was elected for two years. He was elected Sheriff, but resigned. In ’86 he was appointed local agent for the Co-op Wagon and Machine Company. He is an active church worker and enterprising, public-spirited citizen and much respected business man.”
However, in my research I discovered that information from history that doesn’t quite fit above biography: The 1st Kentucky Cavalry was at Fort Donelson when it fell on 16 Feb 1862. Prisoners were exchanged Aug 1862 and assigned to the 8th Kentucky Infantry in March 1863, then the 5th Kentucky Cavalry (Morgan’s division). They were in on Morgan’s disastrous raid at Buffington, OH in July 1863. Most of Morgan’s command was captured, though about 300 men escaped. (John Leasil’s uncle, William Johnston Stone (his mother’s youngest brother, born 26 Jun 1841) was a recruiter for the Confederate Army and served from October 1861 till he was shot at Cynthiana 12 Jun 1864 and lost his leg.) John Leasil could not have served for two years if he joined just before Fort Donelson fell and then came west in 1863 (after Buffington). He is listed in the Confederate Army’s Adjutant General’s report as a deserter.
When I shared this with Alan G. Vincent, he sent me a timeline for John Leasil Brasher’s enlistment, which I can post here if I have his permission. Alan, may I have that permission?
Second, there is also a biography of John Leasil Brasher written by Perdita Brockbank Guymon, one of his granddaughters. For the record, I also hope to post it on this blog, but only if there are no objections due to my not having official permission from Perdita (I don’t even know if she is still living so I can ask her permission).