Thank you, I had not considered the date of his death as a factor. I figured notification would have happened faily soon, but Assurbus was a conscriptee and I understand there was some animosity between them and enlistees.
I am sometimes amazed at how much written material survived, given the circumstances. The transcription errors certainly make research more challenging, but I am extremely disappointed at burials with only initials and a state. I did finally find Assurbus Brooking buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond and his brother Sterling Brooking, Co A 47th Alabama Infantry, buried as S.B. Al., in the Confederate Cemetery in Fredericksburg VA.
I was resigned that a third brother, James Claiborne Brooking, Co F, 44th Georgia Infantry, who died in Goldsboro, North Carolina, was buried in a mass grave there, but an elderly relative says she heard a description of his body being brought back to Georgia by wagon. I am doubtful as I would consider this extremely unusual for a private whose family was not of means.
All three brothers died of disease, James of measles, only two months after enlistment.