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15545 General John R. Brooke Signatuure with rank as ‘Brig Genl” $150
He temporarily commanded a brigade during the Battle of Antietam in
September of that year. In May 1863, he was given permanent command of a
brigade of the 1st Division of the II Corps, which he led in the Battle of
Chancellorsville and during the Gettysburg Campaign.
On the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863, Brooke found
himself in the thick of the action when Confederate lieutenant general James
Longstreet launched his assault against the Union lines south of Gettysburg.
Rushed into action as reinforcements by Maj. Gen. Winfield Hancock,
Colonel Brooke launched a limited counterattack against oncoming
Confederate forces with his brigade in the Wheatfield. Although he was
knocked out of action with a severe wound, his men temporarily stopped the
Confederates and stabilized the Union line long enough to prevent a
After recovery, Brooke subsequently also fought in the Overland Campaign,
including the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House and other battles. He was
promoted to brigadier general of volunteers on May 12, 1864. General Brooke
was critically wounded, again, at Cold Harbor in June.
Brooke served on the frontier following the war in various posts and was
ordered by General Nelson Miles to rush the 7th U.S. Cavalry up to Wounded