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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 photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 41692986


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 9/25/1894, NH; widow (no name given), 4/27/1918, NH
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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VHS - Reunion Society Collection


(Information and additional photographs courtesy of Lyman John Brooks, Webster NH, great-grandson of Nathaniel Grout Brooks.)



Nathaniel Grout Brooks was born in 1838 in Acworth, New Hampshire. He read medicine with his father Doctor Lyman John Brooks in his early years and finished his studies at Dartmouth Medical College.

Nathaniel was appointed assistant surgeon in the 16th Vermont Volunteers on October 23, 1862 after graduation and traveled south during part of the Civil War. He was in Gettysburg just two weeks after the battle and stated in his diary that he lost an Orderly there. He returned north, accepted his discharge from the 16th infantry on August 10, 1863, and served, possibly as a contract Assistant Surgeon at the US General Hospital in Brattleboro Vermont until the completion of the war. After, he practiced medicine in Acworth New Hampshire until 1874. At that time he moved to Charlestown New Hampshire and continued his practice.

In his later years he became a member of the NH House of Representatives and was a New Hampshire State Senator. He was still seeing patients up until his death in 1918.


Dr. Brooks in later years.


Dr. Brooks and family.





Medical Equipment

Amputation Kit

Amputation kit

Extraction Tools

Extraction tools

Pullers from medical kit


Military Equipment

Boot pistol

Boot pistol

Colt and holster

Colt and holster.


Saddle bags.

History of the New Hampshire Surgeons

Charlestown, N. H.
The subject of this sketch was born in Acworth, N. H., October 14, 1838, and was the son of Lyman and Mary (Graham) Brooks, grandson of Jonah Brooks. Surgeon Brooks received his preliminary education in the common schools of Sullivan county, and commenced the study of medicine in 1858 with Dr. Lyman Brooks of Acworth, N. H. He attended three courses of medical lectures at Dartmouth and Albany Medical Colleges, and was graduated from the latter in 1861. He commenced practice in 1862, in Acworth, N. H., that being his residence until 1874 when he removed to Charlestown. Early in 1862, he was appointed assistant surgeon of the Sixteenth Vermont Volunteers, remaining with that regiment until mustered out of the service, September 1863, by reason of expiration of service. He was then appointed first assistant surgeon in the United States General Hospital at Brattleboro, Vt., and remained there until March 1865. Returning to Acworth, he resumed the practice of medicine; became a member of the Vermont State Medical Society, and was a member of the New Hampshire Medical Society. He has represented the town of Charlestown in both branches of the legislature, been a member of the school board, etc. He is a Knight Templar Mason and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his fellow townsmen.
Married, December 5, 1876, Emma Preston of Baltimore, Vt.
Children, three: Lyman, Nathaniel P. and Philip P.

Source: "History of the New Hampshire Surgeons in the War of Rebellion," Conn, Granville P., Ira C. Evans Co., Printers, Concord, NH, pp. 425-426