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Brooks, Nathaniel Grout


Age: 24, credited to Acworth, NH
Unit(s): 16th VT INF, USA
Service: comn ASURG, 16th VT INF, 10/23/62 (10/24/62), m/o 8/10/63; also Acting ASURG, USA, U.S. Army Hospital, Brattleboro, VT until the end of the war

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Birth: 10/14/1838, Acworth, NH
Death: 03/17/1918

Burial: Acworth Cemetery, Acworth, NH
Marker/Plot: Sec. A - Lot 10-11
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 41692986


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: VHS Collections
College?: AMS 61
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: See Brattleboro History articles on the Army Hospital at Brattleboro


Great Grandfather of Lyman John Brooks, Webster, NH

Great Grandfather of Philip P. Brooks III, Memphis, TN

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Acworth Cemetery, Acworth, NH

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society


Back of portrait


Dr. Nathaniel Grout, fourth son and sixth child of Dr. Lyman and Mary G. (Graham) Brooks, was born in Acworth, New Hampshire, October 14, 1838. He attended the common schools of his native town, also a private school and Kimball Union Academy at Meriden, and was graduated from the Albany Medical School at Albany, New York, in 1861. He then served for six months in the Albany City Hospital.

Upon the breaking out of the Civil war, he enlisted as assistant surgeon in the Sixteenth Regiment Vermont Volunteers, and served through the entire war, being discharged in March 1865. At first, he served under Colonel Vesey (sic), but after a year he was transferred to the hospital at Brattleboro, Vermont, where the wounded soldiers were brought. After the war he settled in Acworth, his old home, where he practiced for ten years, removing in 1874 to Charlestown, where he was an extensive general practitioner for thirty years, or until increasing infirmities began to limit his activity.

Dr. Brooks is a member of the New Hampshire State Medical Society and the Connecticut River Vally Medical Society, having been president and vice-president of the latter organization. Notwithstanding the demands of a busy professional life, Dr. Brooks has found time to serve the public weal in many other ways than as a physician. He held the office of town clerk in Acworth; and after his removal to Charlestown, he was superintendent of schools, member of the Board of Health, and trustee of the Silsby Free Library for many years.

Dr. Books is a Republican in politics, and was representative in 1896-97, serving as chairman of the committee on public health. In 1900-01 he was elected to the state senate from the seventh district. He served on the railroad and various other committees and was chairman of the committee on New Hampshire State Hospital. When the Savings Bank of Charlestown failed he was appointed a commissioner to adjust its affairs. He is interested in fraternal organizations, and belongs to Faithful Lodge, No. 12, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Charleston, and has been through the chairs. He also belongs to Webb Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, of Claremont, and to Sullivan Commandery, Knight's Templar, of the same town. He attends St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Charlestown.

On December 5, 1876, Dr. Nathaniel G. Brooks married Emma Preston, daughter of Thomas and Adeline (Piper) Preston, who was born in Baltimore, Vermont, November 12, 1849. They had three sons: Lyman, Nathaniel Preston, and Philip Preston.

Ezra S. Stearns, Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire..., (New York, Lewis Publishing Co., 1908), i:289


Dr. Brooks in later years.

Family Portrait

Dr. Brooks' family.

Medical Equipment

Medical Amputation Kit

Amputation kit

Extraction Tools

Extraction tools



Lowell Army Hospital, Portmouth Grove, RI?

The family believes this to be a photograph of buildings at the Lowell U.S. General Hospital in Portsmouth Grove, Rhode Island, where Nathaniel Grout Brooks had quarters as his unit was heading south while he was Assistant Surgeon, 16th Vermont Volunteer Infantry.

Webmaster's Note: the locale does not fit with the movements of the regiment from its muster at Brattleboro, VT to Washington, DC. If it is Lowell Hospital, it may have been when he was Acting Assistant Surgeon, U.S. Army, but some records indicate he was at the Army Hospital at Brattleboro until the end of the war. It needs further investigation.

Military Equipment

Boot pistol

Boot pistol

Colt and holster

Colt and holster.


Saddle bags.





Photographs courtesy of Lyman John Brooks, Webster NH, great-grandson of Nathaniel Grout Brooks.

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