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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1826

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Francis J. Brooke

(Ap'd Va.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1822, to July 1, 1826, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 7th Infantry, July 1, 1826.

Second Lieut., 6th Infantry, July 1, 1826.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Jesup, La., 1827, — Ft. Towson, I. T., 1827, — Ft. Jesup, La., 1827, — and in opening Military Road to Ft. Towson, I. T., 1827‑28; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1828‑29; on expedition to Upper Arkansas, 1829; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1829‑31; in the "Black Hawk" War against the Sac Indians, 1832, being engaged in the Battle of Bad Axe River, Aug. 2, 1832; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1832‑33; as Adjutant, 6th Infantry, at Regimental Headquarters, Apr. 1, 1833, to Aug. 1, 1836; on frontier duty at

(First Lieut., 6th Infantry, May 6, 1835)

Camp Sabine, La., 1836, — and Ft. Jesup, La., 1836; and in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians, 1837, being engaged in the Battle of Okee-cho‑bee, where he was

Killed,​1 Dec. 25, 1837: Aged 35.

Buried, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO.

The Author's Note:

1 Lieut. Brooke was killed by the enemy's concentrated deadly fire upon five companies of his regiment, while pressing forward to the attack, like a "moving battery," till nearly cut up, and few were left uninjured. In the language of the official despatch of the battle, "Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Capt. Van Swearingen, Lieutenant Brooke, and Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Adjutant Center, who fell on that day, had no superior of their years in the service, and in point of chivalry ranked among the first in the Army or nation."

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