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Federal (USV)


Joel J. Brooks

(c. 1838 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

A chairmaker from Gardner, he enlisted as Corporal in Company F, 2nd Massachusetts Infantry at age 23 in May 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

Promoted Sergeant on 24 September 1862. Wounded and captured in action 3 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. Absent as a prisoner or paroled when mustered out 25 May 1864. However, local history says he died in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA.

References & notes

Basic information from Quint1 and Soldiers2. Death detail from William Dodge Herrick's History of the Town of Gardner (1878).


c. 1838; Gardner, MA


Date not known; Richmond, VA


1   Quint, Alonzo Hall, The Record of the Second Massachusetts Infantry: 1861-1865, Boston: James P. Walker, 1867, pp. 365 - 376  [AotW citation 14448]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 1, pg. 107  [AotW citation 14457]