Brooke, John R.

Led brigade at the Wheat Field at Gettysburg, Military Governor of Puerto Rico and Cuba

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(1838-1926)US Army officer, one of the last surviving Civil War Union generals. He joined the Penna. 4th Infantry as a Captain in April 1861, and in August, became Colonel of the 53rd Penna. Infantry Regt., and served in the 1862 Peninsula campaign. In Sept., he led a brigade at Antietam and, in May 1863, was given permanent command of a brigade in 1st Div., 2nd Corps which he led at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. On the 2nd day (July 2, 1863) of the Gettysburg campaign, Brooke found himself in the thick of the action when CSA General Longstreet launched his assault in the Wheatfield. Rushed into action, he launched a limited counterattack and was severely wounded, but his men temporarily stopped the Confederates and stabilized the Union line long enough to prevent a breakthrough. After recovery, he fought in the Overland Campaign, inc. Spotsylvania. He was promoted to Brig. Genl. Vols. May 12, 1864. Brooke was critically wounded again at Cold Harbor in June but led a division in western Virginia late in the war. He was promoted to Bvt. Maj. Genl Vols. Aug. 1, 1864 and to Bvt. Brig. Genl. Regular Army March 2, 1867. In 1866, Brooke was commissioned Lieut. Colonel, 37th US Infantry, Regular Army, and in 1879 became Colonel of the 13th US Infantry on the frontier. In 1888, he was promoted to Brig. Genl. in command of the Dept. of the Platte when the Ghost Dance began in 1890. He was ordered by General Miles to rush the 7th Cavalry to Wounded Knee where an infamous massacre occurred. He left this command in 1895. In 1897, he was promoted to Maj. Genl., Regular Army, commanding I Corps in the Spanish American War. He landed in Arroyo, Puerto Rico and reached Guayama by the time the armistice was signed. In Oct. 1898 he succeeded General Miles as Military Governor and head of the army of occupation; on Dec. 13, he was given the same position in Cuba. General Brooke was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion and was its national commander-in-chief 1905-07. 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card signed as Major General while commanding I Corps, Havana (Cuba), January 16 1898 (actually 1899).

Condition: Very good, light uniform toning, slightly darker toning at top and right edges
Type:Signed Card






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