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Civil War Soldiers - Brooke

Brooke, John R., brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born in Pottsville, Pa., July 21, 1838, and joined the Union army in April, 1861, as captain in the 4th Penn. volunteers. At the close of his three months' service he reenlisted as colonel of the 53d Pa. infantry, and on May 12, 1864, was commissioned brigadier-general for distinguished services during the battles of the Wilderness and Spottsylvania Court House. On Aug. 1, 1864, he was brevetted major-general of volunteers for "gallant and meritorious services in the battles of Totopotomy and Cold Harbor, Va.," and resigned from the volunteer service Feb. 1, 1866. He was commissioned lieutenant-colonel in the regular army, July 28, 1866, being assigned to the 37th U. S. infantry. On March 2, 1867, he received the brevets of colonel and brigadier-general U. S. A. for gallant and meritorious services at Gettysburg and Spottsylvania court-house. He was transferred to the 3d infantry, March 19, 1869, promoted colonel of the 13th infantry, March 20, 1879, transferred to the 3d infantry, June 14, 1879, and promoted brigadier-general, April 6, 1888. He was assigned to the command of the Rialto in 1888 and in 1896 to the command of the Department of Dakota, with headquarters at St. Paul, Minn. On May 22, 1897, he was promoted major-general and assigned to the Department of the Missouri, with headquarters at Chicago, Ill., and in April, 1898, was given command of the troops assembled at Chickamauga park for service in the Spanish-American war. In July, 1898, he was made head of the military commission and governor-general of Porto Rico, and in Dec, 1898, was transferred to Cuba as governor-general, his conduct in both places meeting with the approval of the inhabitants. In May, 1900, he became commander of the Department of the East, a position which he held until July 21, 1902, when he was retired.

Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908

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