Gideon Aldrich collection 1849-1855 (bulk 1850-1852)
Brooks, Jewett H.
Rank : Sgt., Pvt. (May 1865)
Regiment : 1st New York Mounted Rifles (1861-1865)
Service :1862 June-1865 July 21
Jewett H. Brooks' family appears to have come from New York. His mother, Eliza Angelina Brooks of Redfield, N.Y., was remarried on December 1, 1854 to Stephen Lillie of Cicero, N.Y. Brooks' father is not mentioned in the letters, and a sister "Ann" does not appear to have been married when these letters were written. Brooks enlisted as a member of the 1st New York Mounted Rifles in the Civil War. In May of 1865, Brooks was demoted from Sergeant to Private for refusing to accept a promotion to orderly sergeant. Brooks probably mustered out with the regiment in July, 1865.