|Close-up of the front of the gravestone of James W. Brooks, an 18-year-old private|
in the 16th Connecticut, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Antietam.
Brooks is buried in tiny Moose Meadow Cemetery in Willington, Conn.
|Brooks' weathered gravestone is difficult to read, but it notes near the bottom that he received|
a funeral with military honor on Oct. 26, 1862, more than a month after Antietam.
|James W. Brooks died at the German Reformed Church|
in Sharpsburg, Md.
"Doing pretty well considering multiplicity of his wounds," the doctor wrote in a casebook the evening of Oct. 7. Two days later, he wrote that the teenager was "holding his own remarkably."
But on Oct. 11, Brooks was "failing rapidly" and "might die soon," according to the surgeon. The end came at 3 p.m. that day, eight days after Brooks' 19th birthday.
Two weeks later, he was given a military funeral in a cemetery in Willington, Conn. I visited Brooks' final resting place early this afternoon, navigating the back-country roads until I ended up at the interestingly named Moose Meadow Cemetery. Tilted slightly to the right, Brooks' 5-foot, gray marker may be found near the back of the cemetery, near an old stone wall. The tombstone says he died of "six heavy wounds."
|No moose were seen during today's visit to Moose Meadow Cemetery in Willington, Conn.|
No moose were harmed in the creation of this post.