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Brooks McMillan

Obituary of R. P. D. Brooks, Coweta County, Georgia.

R. P. D. Brooks, better known as "Dick" Brooks, son of Walker and Sarah Brooks, of Coweta County, Ga., was born January 10, 1841. He enlisted in the Confederate army in April, 1862, as a member of the 12th Georgia Battalion, under Captain Harvey and Major Capers, and was in continuous service until the second battle of Cold Harbor, when he was shot through the lungs. The wound was so severe that it was thought he could not recover; but he was cared for by his comrade, William McMillan, until he could be removed to the field hospital and given proper attention. He was thought to be dead and left there when the wounded were sent off; but later, when discovered to be still living, he was sent to the hospital in Richmond and finally became able to go home. For fifty years he survived that deperate injury, but was never strong. His death occurred on October 27, 1915. Six crippled old comrades were his pallbearers, each with his stronger hand to the casket, the other grasping a stick-a pathetic site. And so he was laid to rest which means no more waking to suffering, the rest that is promised to him who has "fought the good fight."

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1916.

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