Private Thaddeus W. Bradley





Postwar picture of Bradley, at right,
Courtesy Sebastian Alec Nelson

Obituary from San Jose, California, "Mercury News", April 1914:


Former Member of the Famous 76th New York," Responds to Last Call,

Thaddeus W, Bradley, veteran of the civil war and widely-known resident of this city, is dead, leaving to mourn his passing his widow Edith Bradley, and two daughters, Lillian M Brannan of Canada and Emma B. Younger of this city, and a host of comrades and friends. The funeral will be held this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, from the chapel of Curry & Gripenstraw on North Second street.

Mr. Bradley, who was 76 years of age at the time of his death, was a native of Warren county, N. Y. and the son of Thaddeus and Mercy Bennett Bradley. On July 16, 1868, he was married to Miss Edith Jenkins, in Stearns county, Minn. He had an interesting war record, and was a member of Sheridan-Dix post, No. 7, department of California and Nevada, Grand Army of the Republic, in which he had held office as senior vice commander. He was also a charter member of Ketchum post, located at Ada, Minn., and at one time he was a supervisor in Norman county, Minn.

Mr. Bradley enlisted in the army from Warren county, N.Y., March 22, 1862, and was mustered into the United States service at Albany, April 1, 1862, and assigned to Company B, 22nd regiment New York Volunteer Infantry, under Captain James W. McCoy, Colonel Walter J. Phelps commanding the regiment, which was also known as the Second Northern New York regiment, Second Troy regiment, and the Second Northern Tier regiment.

Captured at Bull Run.

At the second battle of Bull Bun, Va., August 29, 1862, Mr. Bradley was captured, paroled and sent to Camp Chase, Columbus, O., where he remained until exchanged. When the 22nd infantry was mustered out he was transferred to Company "B. 76th Regiment, New York volunteers, on May 28, 1863. He was transferred to Company "A July 1, 1864, and to Company I October 11, 1864, of the same regiment. January 29, 1865, Mr. Bradley was transferred to Company A, 147th regiment New York volunteer infantry, commanded by Captain John McKintock, under whom he served until his term expired, and he received honorable discharge April 26, 1865.

The decedent was with the 76th New York in all its engagements, beginning with Gettysburg. The men of this regiment were proud of the suggestive numerals in their regimental title, and by their gallantry and patriotism proved themselves worthy of the historic "76 emblazoned on their colors.

Mr. Bradley rendered faithful and meritorious service to his country, and to the day of his death carried with him the scars of war. While building breastworks just prior to the battle of Weldon Railroad, Va., he was injured by a timber striking and breaking his left kneecap, and the injury affected him throughout his long and useful life.

Bradley's Discharge

Bradley's tombstone
Oak Hill Cemetery, San Jose, Ca

Two photographs of the Ada, Minnesota GAR post - detail photos at right show Bradley from group photo

Photos courtesy Sebastian Nelson, found in a county museum in Minnesota

Additional Information

Private Bradley received an honorable discharge on 26 April 1865 at Black and White Station, Va. His discharge papers (above, from collection of Sebastian Alec Nelson) state that he was five feet six inches in height, had a dark complexion, blue eyes, dark hair, and was a farmer when enlisted. 

He married Edith Ann Jenkins on 19 July 1868 in Stearns County, Minnesota. He moved to San Jose, California (where he descendants still live) and died in San Jose on 30 April 1914.

"Thanks" to Sebastian Alec Nelson, Bradley's great-great grandson, for the information and pictures above. 

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