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W. Brooks

W. Brooks

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

William Thomas Harbaugh Brooks

(1821 - 1870)

Home State: Ohio

Education: US Military Academy, West Point, NY, Class of 1841;Class Rank: 46/52

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He graduated from the USMA in 1841 (at 20 years old), served on garrison and frontier duty, and in the Seminole and Mexican Wars. In September 1861 he was appointed BGen. of Volunteers, commanded the 2nd Brigade/2nd Division/IV Corps in the Peninsula campaign, and the 2nd Brigade/2nd Division/VI Corps at the Seven Days (wounded).

On the Campaign

He was in command of the 2nd Brigade of the Second Division/Sixth (VI) Corps... [actions during the battle to be added later].

The rest of the War

He led the 1st Division/VI Corps at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. In June 1863 he was promoted to MGen. of Volunteers, but this was later revoked. He commanded the Department of the Monongahela, and the 1st Division/XVIII Corps at Cold Harbor and Petersburg. He resigned his commission because of poor health in July 1864.

After the War

He retired, and was a farmer in Alabama.

More on the Web

See more detail in his Aztec Club Bio.


1/28/1821; New Lebanon (now Lisbon), OH


7/19/1870; Huntsville, AL; burial in Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL