Richard Brooks - Mt Zion Cemetery - Henderson, Kentucky
UNITED STATES COLORED CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Submitted by Joyce McCollum
Name: Richard Brooks
Rank: CO D
Unit: 6th USCC
Remarks: Enlisted at Camp Nelson, Kentucky
Richard Brooks was born in Hopkins County Kentucky. His served with the 6th U. S. Colored Cavalry Regiment at Camp Nelson, Kentucky. He and Amanda Arnet Brooks had lived as man and wife under "old slave law" from 1858 until they were legally married by the Declaration of Febuary 14, 1866, one-hundred and thirty-three years ago yesterday! Richard Brooks died in Henderson, Kentucky in 1905. Amanda recieved a widows pension and this is how I obtained my information from the National Archives.
SIXTH UNITED STATES COLORED CAVALRY REGIMENT.
Organized at Camp Nelson, Ky., October 24, 1864. Attached to 1st Division, District of Kentucky, Dept. of Ohio, to February, 1865. Military District and Dept. of Kentucky to December, 1865, and Dept. of Arkansas to April, 1866. SERVICE.-Stoneman's Raid into Southwestern Virginia December 10-29, 1864. Capture and destruction of lead mines December 17. Near Marion December 17-18. Saltsville December 20-21. At Camp Nelson and Paducah, Ky., till March, 1865. At LaGrange, Tenn., till May. At Camp Nelson, Wild Cat, and Danville, Ky., till July. At New Haven and Catlettsburg, Ky., till October. At Covington, Ky., till December. At Louisville, Ky., and Helena, Ark., till January, 1866. At Duvall's Bluff, Ark., till April 15, 1866. Mustered out April 15, 1866.
SOURCE: National Park Service Database - Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System