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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

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