JEFFERSON COUNTY IL 
OBITUARIES

Capt. John S. BROOKS, died at the residence of John NESMITH, 
on South Union street, about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon,after a long 
and painful illness. 
Deceased was the eldest son of Nathan BROOKS, and was born in Hardin 
county, Ky., August 10, 1828. When 16 years of age he emigrated with his 
parents to Illlinois and settled in Ewing, in Franklin county, where his youth 
and early manhood was spent on a farm. Capt. BROOKS identified himself 
with the Republican part on its own organization in 1856 and voted for J.C. 
FREMONT for president in Nov. of that year. He was intensely patriotic and 
as the flames of the party hatred had been sweeping over the country for some 
time,as the result of the agitation for the extension of slavery into the Northern 
States, Capt. BROOKS found himself to be upon the unpopular side of that 
great question, and some of his neighbors and associates made it very disagreeable 
for him on account of his political views. When the war broke out he was charged 
with inconsistency and cowardice in not volunteering his services for the perpetuation 
of the union, and to demonstrate the falisity of this unpatriotic imputation he enlisted 
in Company K, 49th Ill volunteer infantry,and was mustered into service at Camp 
Butler, Aug. 30, 1861, under Col. Wm. R. MORRISON. He remained in the service 
for four years and nine months, taking part in the battles of Fort Donelson, Pittsburg 
Landing, Shiloh and other hard fought engagments, as well as participating in the Red 
River expedition. He contracted measles in the army and came home on furlough. 
He continued with his regiment from this time till he was mustered out at Springfield, 
Sept. 9, 1865. Capt. BROOKS was successively promoted for meritorious conduct 
from private to corporal then to orderly sergeant and later to 2nd lieutenant. His regiment 
was organized by Col. Wm. R. MORRISON, of Waterloo who served from Aug. 30, 1861 
to Dec. 13, 1862 when he resigned and was replaced by Col. Phineas Pease, of Centralia 
who continued to be its commanding officer till Jan. 9, 1865 when his term of enlistment 
expired. From this time until the close of the war the regiment was in charge of Lt. Col. 
Wm. P. MOORE, of Waterloo. Company K in which Capt. BROOKS served, was 
commanded during the earlier years of the war by Capt. Benjamine T. WOOD, and 
during the last two years of hostilities by Capt. Joseph LAUR, both of this county. 
Capt. Brooks was twice married, the first time to Miss Fannie ALLEN and the second 
to Mrs. Chas. WOODWORTH. Two children, Mrs. Rebecca Jane CATES and 
Mr. Monroe BROOKS, survive as the result of the first marriage while Mrs. Carrie 
GRAY and Mrs. Lucy SAVAGE are the living representatives of the second marriage. 
Capt. BROOKS has suffered greatly for many years on account of the exposure and 
hardships he underwent as a soldier and drew a well deserved pension from the government 
for his services in the field of battle from 1861 to 1865. 
The obsequies took place at 2 o'clock this afternoon under the auspices of 
Coleman Post G.A.R of which he was a devoted member. Interment at Oakwood cemetery. 

March 28, 1899 Mt.Vernon Register News 
Submitted By: 
Sharlet Bigham LaBarbera


 
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