Key Players: Thorndike Brooks

Thorndike Brooks was a planter originally from Baltimore, Maryland but made his way to Marion, Williamson County. Brooks was a southern sympathizer who helped in raising a Confederate regiment from Little Egypt. He was initially elected Captain of the 15th Tennessee, and went on to become the highest ranking Illinois resident in the Confederate forces, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Brooks fought in Donelson, Belmont, and Missionary Ridge, and was the only Southern Illinois rebel to make it to the end of the war. He was present with General Joe Johnston at Confederate Army of the Tennessee surrender in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Ed Gleeson p. 90)