Thomas W. Bradley
|Thomas Wilson Bradley|
Thomas W. Bradley, Medal of Honor Recipient, Member of Congress from New York, 1908.
April 6, 1844|
|Died||May 30, 1920
Walden, New York
|Place of burial||Wallkill Valley Cemetery Walden, New York|
|Allegiance||United States of America
New York National Guard
|Years of service||1862 - 1865|
Brevet Major (Army)
Colonel (National Guard)
|Unit||124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
Battle of Chancellorsville
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
|Other work||Politician, businessman and banker|
Born in Yorkshire, England, Bradley immigrated to the United States in 1846 with his parents, who settled in Walden, New York. He attended school until nine years of age, and then began working for his family's business, the New York Knife Company, as a "shop boy."
Bradley enlisted in the Army from Walden in August 1862, advanced to become a sergeant, and later received a commission. After the Battle of Chancellorsville, he was promoted to captain and became the aide-de-camp to Major General Gershom Mott, 3rd Division, II Corps. He later received a brevet promotion to major of Volunteers. Bradley was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of the Wilderness, and the Battle of Boydton Plank Road, and was mustered out with his regiment in June 1865. After the war Bradley was active in the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and other veterans organizations and reunion societies. Bradley also continued his military service as assistant inspector general of the New York National Guard with the rank of lieutenant colonel, later receiving promotion to colonel.
Bradley was a member of the board of directors, vice president and president of the Walden National Bank. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Columbus Trust Company and the Walden Savings Bank. Bradley was employed by the New York Knife Company for more than 50 years, and rose through the company's ranks to become president and treasurer.
Bradley died in Walden, New York, at age 76 and was interred there in Wallkill Valley Cemetery.
Medal of Honor citation
He received the Medal of Honor for actions on May 3, 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company H, 124th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment. Place and date: At Chancellorsville, Va., May 3, 1863. Entered service at: Walden, N.Y. Born: April 6, 1844, England. Date of issue: June 10, 1896.
Volunteered in response to a call and alone, in the face of a heavy fire of musketry and canister, went and procured ammunition for the use of his comrades.
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Thomas W. Bradley at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2007-11-07
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