Today's date: December 12, 2017


Phillip Henry Brock
Pvt., 23rd Iowa Infantry
GAR - Samuel Rice Post 256, Nebraska
1843-1931

Phillip Henry Brock, the oldest son of George Brock, was born 22 December, 1843 in Owen County, Indiana and enlisted 26 July, 1862. Being farmers, no doubt Phillip was carrying on responsibilities as head of household while his father was with the 4th Regiment Iowa Infantry for 2 1/2 months in 1861.

However, when George returned home, young Phillip was ready to go to war. So, with parents' written consent, he enlisted, along with his future father-in-law (William Hogue) and was mustered into the 23rd Regiment, Iowa Infantry 19 September 1882, soon after the organization of that Regiment in Des Moines, Iowa. He and William Hogue served in Company D through Thomasville and Iron Mountain, Missouri; Milliken's Bend, Louisiana; Grand Gulf and Anderson's Hill and then to the Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi on 1 May 1863 where William received a fatal gunshot wound, dying less than two weeks later in Grand Gulf.

No doubt sad at heart of losing William Hogue and other good friends from his "home town" and surrounding area, Phillip continued on with his Company through many battles and sieges including Vicksburg and was finally mustered out with his Regiment 26 July, 1865. Upon returning home Phillip married Harriet Hogue, daughter of William Hogue on 22 September, 1867 in Edgar County, Illinois. They had nine children, one of whom (Laura Isabel) is a grandmother to one of our Tent members. Phillip died 24 July, 1931.