★  Brooke, John Rutter

John Rutter Brooke

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Born: July 21, 1838

Birthplace: Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Father: Major William Brooke 1792 – 1872
(Buried: Edgewood Cemetery, Pottstown, Pennsylvania)​

Mother: Martha Rutter 1804 – 1878
(Buried: Edgewood Cemetery, Pottstown, Pennsylvania)​

1st Wife: Hannah Louise “Louisa” Roberts 1842 – 1867
(Buried: Edgewood Cemetery, Pottstown, Pennsylvania)​

2nd​ Wife: Mary Laurinda Stearns 1849 – 1921​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​


Colonel William Brooke 1864 – 1943​
(Buried: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas)​
Louis Robert Brooke 1867 – 1920​
(Buried: Edgewood Cemetery, Pottstown, Pennsylvania)​

Civil War Career:

1861: Captain of 4th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment​
1861 – 1864: Colonel of 53rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment​
1862: Served in the Virginia Peninsula Campaign​
1862: Temporary Brigade Commander at Battle of Antietam​
1862: Brigade Commander in Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Brigade Commander in Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Wounded on the left ankle at Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863: September he requested thirty days for disability certificate​
1864: Brigade Commander in the Overland Campaign in Virginia​
1864: Brigade Commander at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House​
1864 – 1866: Brigadier General of Union Army Volunteers​
1864: Wounded during the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia​
1864: Brevetted Major General for Service at Cold Harbor​
1864: Served on Court Martial duty in the Union Army​
1865: Division Commander in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia​
1867: Brevetted Brig. General for his role at Spotsylvania Court House​

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1879: Lt. Colonel United States Army, 37th Infantry Regiment​
1879 – 1888: Colonel United States Army, 13th Infantry Regiment
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1888 – 1897: Brigadier General, United States Army​
1888 – 1895: U.S. Army, Commander of Department of the Platte​
1897 – 1902: Major General, United States Army​
1897 – 1899: Commander of 1st Army Corps, Spanish – American War​
1898: Military Governor of Puerto Rico​
1899: Military Governor of Cuba​
1902: Retired from United States Army​
1902 – 1926: Retired General Living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania​
1905 – 1907: Commander – in – chief of Military Order of Loyal Legion​

Died: September 5, 1926

Place of Death: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Age at time of Death: 88 years old

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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Lt. Colonel
Member of the Year
May 18, 2011
Carlisle, PA
Here's an officer who probably should have received his first star far sooner than he did. He took command of the brigade when William French moved up to command the Third Division, Second Corps and very ably led the brigade for almost 2 years as a colonel.