Friday, December 28, 2012
John A. Brackett, 11th., Maine Infantry.
Sergeant John A. Brackett first enlisted in Sept., 1861, but parental authority interposed to prevent his being mustered into service at that time. Subsequently, in response to his entreaties, his parents so far yielded as to offer no further objections, though their consent was never gained, and he enlisted Feb. 4, 1862, joining the regiment at Carver Barracks previous to its having seen any actual service, and was, therefore, virtually an original member of the organization. Wounded at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862, haviug arisen from a sick bed to participate in that action. Reenlisted Feb. 29, 1864 ; again wounded at Darbytown Road, Opt. 13, 1864 ; promoted to Corporal, Aug. 18, 1864, and immediately detailed to the color Guard, where he remained until promoted to Sergeant, June 12, 1865. He was mustered out with the regiment, Feb. 2, 1866. Sergeant Brackett was born Dec. 12, 1846, and consequently has the distinction of being the youngest member of the regiment who reenlisted and served to the close of the war ; indeed, it may be doubted if another can be found in any regiment who enlisted at his age and carried a musket throughout four years of service.