A cemetery dedication and a camp surgeon are just two aspects added this year to the fourth Battle of Brooks Farm scheduled for next weekend in Stoney Creek.
The unique event will take place next Saturday and Sunday at the historic Brooks Farm, which is located on Blue Springs Road in upper Stoney Creek. Reenactors will present life of the 1860s at the farm, in addition to battles and skirmishes.
Although no major battle was ever held at Brooks Farm, there were several skirmishes and other incidents in and around the property, including the death of a family member. The farm was believed to be a recruiting point for the formation of Company C 59th Tennessee Infantry Regiment, C.S.A. Reuben Brooks Jr. and his two sons, Captain James Brooks and 2nd Lt. William P. Brooks, were charged with formation of the company. Young William Brooks was killed near the property while in the line of duty by the Heatherly brothers.
After being shot on the creek, young Brooks was taken back to the farm house and died in a bedroom, where a stain can still be seen on the floor. The incident will be reenacted for the third time during the event.
In addition to the shooting incident, other reenactments and demonstrations will take place several times on Saturday and Sunday. Each day, visitors can begin entering Brooks Farm at 10 a.m. On Saturday, a Civil War equipage is scheduled from 10 to 10:30 a.m. A cannon demonstration is scheduled from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Guerilla warfare demonstrations will take place from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
The historic Stover House, which is located on the property behind the Brooks Farmhouse, will be open to the public from 2 to 2:30 p.m. The Stover House was built in 1797 and was owned by President Andrew Johnson’s daughter, Mary. It was also the site of Johnson’s death. The home was moved to the Brooks Farm by Dr. Daniel Schumaier, who currently owns the property.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, a skirmish is planned. Between 3:30 and 4 p.m., Civil War uniforms and dresses will be displayed.
The dedication of the recently refurbished Brooks Cemetery is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. and should last about 30 minutes. Mrs. Myrtle Davis Saucer, of the Robert E. Lee Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, of Jacksonville, Fla., and a great-great-granddaughter of Reuben Brooks Jr., has had the cemetery completely refurbished and will be a speaker at the event. The event is hosted by Vaughn’s Brigade, Tennessee Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Grant Hardin, one of the event’s organizers, said the cemetery has been authentically restored.
The cemetery dedication will be followed by a Civil War battle. Visitors can take part in church services on Sunday at 11 a.m. in front of the brick Brooks house. Troop drills are scheduled from 12:30 to 1 p.m. The final battle is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday.
Hardin said that on Saturday, Chad Bogart will become the camp surgeon. Hardin noted that Bogart presents realistic medical care from the Civil War and in the past, many people have found it difficult to watch.
The Battle of Brooks Farm is an important part of Civil War history in Carter County, said Hardin, who noted that he is kin to the Brooks family.
To reach Brooks Farm from Elizabethton, take Highway 91 north into Stoney Creek to mile marker nine, which is a short distance after the four-lane narrows to two lanes. Turn right onto Blue Springs Road and travel a quarter mile to the farm on the left at 1548 Blue Springs Road.
The Battle of Brooks Farm is presented by the 12th Tennessee Cavalry. Admission is $3, children under 12 get in free. Proceeds will go to St. Jude’s Hospital. For more information, call Lt. Col. Kent Arnold at 357-4780 or 502-0449.