Col. Edwin F. Brown. Col. Edwin Franklin Brown, Inspector General of National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, died of heart disease yesterday morning at his apartment in the Westleigh, in the West One Hundred and Twenty-third Street. He was born near the village of Medina, in Western New York, in 1823. His father was Jeremiah Brown, a Captain in the War of 1812. At the begin- ing of the civil war he volunteered for ser- vice and he was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel of the Twenty-eighth New York Infantry, which served with the Army of the Potomac until 1863. At Cedar Mount- tain in 1862 he lost an arm. When the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Sol- diers at Dayton, Ohio, was opened, he was appointed acting Governor, later he was Governor of the central branch, and when the number of such homes became large, in 1880, he was made Inspector General.