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Civil War Soldiers - Brooks
|Brooks, William T. H., major-general, U.S. Army, was
born at New Lisbon, Ohio, Jan. 28, 1821. He was graduated at West
Point in 1841, going immediately afterwards into service in the
Florida war, and in 1842 was made second lieutenant. He was garrisoned
at Fort Stansbury, Fla., in 1843, did frontier duty at Fort
Leavenworth, Kan., from 1843 to 1845, served during the military
occupation of Texas, and then engaged in the war with Mexico with the
rank of first lieutenant. At Monterey, Contreras and Churubusco he
especially distinguished himself and won the brevets of captain and
major. He was acting adjutant-general of Gen. Twiggs' division in 1847
and 1848, and aide-de-camp for the next three years, was promoted
captain in 1851, and from 1852 to 1858 was on duty in New Mexico.
After two years' sick leave, he returned to duty at the beginning of
the Civil war as brigadier-general of volunteers, and engaged in the
war until July 14, 1864, when he resigned on account of failing
health. He was major-general of volunteers from June 10, 1863, to
April 18, 1864. During the war he was present at the principal battles
of the Army of the Potomac, commanded a division in the Rappahannock
campaign, was in command of the Department of the Monongahela in 1863
and 1864, and of the 10th army corps from May 10, 1864, until he
resigned. He was wounded at Savage Station and Antietam. After the
war, in 1866, he moved to his farm near Huntsville, Ala., where he
spent the remainder of his days. He died there July 19, 1870.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908