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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