(c. 1843 - 1864)
Home State: Connecticut
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 8th Connecticut Infantry
A machinist in Bridgeport, CT in 1860, Brooks was a resident of Annapolis, MD when he enlisted on November 26, 1861 as a Private in Company A, 8th Connecticut Infantry while the Regiment was stationed there from September of 1861, until January of 1862.
The rest of the War
Brooks and the 8th were involved in the bloody battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg , and action in the south of Virginia. He was promoted to Corporal March 28, 1862, to Sgt. September 17, 1862, and to 1st Sgt. September 25, 1862. Brooks re-enlisted on December 24, 1863. 1st Sgt. Books was with the 8th during the murderous charge at Cold Harbor, VA, and was killed there on June 3, 1864. Brook's death was widely lamented among his comrades as " He was a thoroughly exemplary man and was studying for the ministry when the war broke out"
References & notes
Basic information from Ingersoll1, with detailed narrative above by Dave Hann, who also supplied the photograph from his collection.
c. 1843 in CT
06/03/1864 Cold Harbor, VA; burial in Riverside Cemetery, Kingfield, ME