Robert Brock (32nd USCT)

Robert Brock was born in 1829 in Albemarle County, Virginia. Prior to the war, Brock lived with his first wife Elizabeth Clayborn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Surviving records suggest that Brock was born a free man, and he worked as a laborer before serving in the Civil War.

Brock enlisted in the Union army as a private on February 27, 1864, in New Brighton, Pennsylvania. His service record describes him as 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with black hair, brown eyes, and yellow complexion. He served in Company G of the 32nd USCT Infantry Regiment. On November 1, Brock achieved the rank of corporal. The 32nd USCT served throughout South Carolina during the war, participating in the Battle of Honey Hill on November 30, 1864, and taking part in demonstrations against the Charleston & Savannah Railroad later that Decmber. In early 1865, he suffered gunshot wounds to his left hand and right arm, and he spent the next few months recuperating in a military hospital. He mustered out as a corporal on August 22, 1865, in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

After the war, Brock returned to Pittsburg, where he worked as a laborer. His wife Elizabeth died in 1869, and Brock then moved to Greensburg, Louisiana. On December 1, 1870, he married Rosa Brock, a 29-year-old former slave. They had at least six children together: Jacob, born March 16, 1871; John Henry, born February 11, 1872; Mary Eliza, born August 19, 1873; Moses, born July 15, 1874; Rosetta, born June 10, 1875; and Orville, born May 18, 1876. Brock and his family moved to Thibodeaux in 1877 and to Plaquemine in Iberville Parish in 1878. Brock worked as laborer and farm servant, probably sharecropping, on Edwin Marionment's Belfort Plantation in Plaquemine. In 1905, Brock began receiving an $8-per-month pension for "general senile debility." He died of heart disease in Plaquemine on April 30, 1906. His wife Rosa began receiving a widow's pension later that year. She died in Plaquemine on October 11, 1914.


Pension Testimony of Rosa Brock

Name:Brock, Robert
Alternative names:
  • Soldier
32nd Regiment Infantry U.S. Colored TroopsG
Branch of service:Army
Enlistment1864-02-27New Brighton, PAaccepted43Free
Muster In1864-02-27New Brighton, PA
Muster Out1865-08-22Hilton Head, SCMustered Out
Residence at enlistment:Pittsburgh, PA
Rank In:Private
Rank Out:Corporal
Highest rank achieved:Corporal
Person 1Person 2NumberRelation Type
Brock, RobertBrock, Robert1006234application-invalid
Brock, RobertBrock, Rosa853439application-widow
Brock, RobertBrock, Robert1103665certificate-invalid
Brock, RobertBrock, Rosa657537certificate-widow
Birth date:1829
Birth date certainty:Certain
Birth place:Albemarle County, VA
Death date:1906-04-30
Death place:Plaquemine, LA
Causes of death:disease: heart disease
Occupations:Laborer, Farm servant
Person 1Relation TypePerson 2
Brock, Robertparent ofBrock, Jacob
Brock, Robertparent ofBrock, John Henry
Brock, Robertparent ofBrock, Mary Eliza
Brock, Robertparent ofBrock, Moses
Brock, Robertparent ofBrock, Rosetta
Brock, Robertparent ofBrock, Orville
Brock, Rosawife ofBrock, Robert
Brock, Elizabethwife ofBrock, Robert

Compiled Service Records for Robert Brock, RG94 National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington, D.C.; Pension Records for Robert Brock, RG15, NARA, Washington, D.C.