|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.
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|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.