Charlotte Bradford

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Charlotte Bradford
Charlotte Bradford.jpg
Charlotte Bradford, 1862
Born(1813-06-20)June 20, 1813
Duxbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationUnited States Sanitary Commission Nurse
U.S. Army Medical Department Nurse
Parent(s)Gershom Bradford
Sarah Hickling

Charlotte Bradford (June 20, 1813 – 1893) was a nurse during the American Civil War and served as the matron of the U.S. Sanitary Commission's Soldier's Home and Home for Wives and Mothers in Washington, DC.


Charlotte Bradford was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts to Capt. Gershom Bradford and Sarah (Sally) Hickling Bradford. The home in which she was raised, The Bradford House, is today a house museum operated by the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society. It is located at 931 Tremont Street, Duxbury, MA.

The Civil War[edit]

Bradford departed Boston, Massachusetts in May 1862 to become a nurse on board one of the hospital ships operated by the U.S. Sanitary Commission (USSC).[1] The USSC's Hospital Transport Service was organized in April 1862 and maintained until the end of the Peninsula Campaign in August 1862.[2]


  1. ^ Ravenscroft, "The Odyssey Begins."
  2. ^ Stille, 475.


  • Ravenscroft, Carolyn (May 15, 2012). "The Odyssey Begins: Charlotte Bradford and the USSC Transport Ships". Duxbury Rural and Historical Society. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  • Ravenscroft, Carolyn (September 17, 2012). "Charlotte Bradford, Part Two: The Odyssey Continues". Duxbury Rural and Historical Society. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  • Ravenscroft, Carolyn (May 13, 2013). "Charlotte Bradford, Part Three: Matron of the Home for Soldiers". Duxbury Rural and Historical Society. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  • Stille, Charles J. (1868). History of the United States Sanitary Commission. New York: Hurd and Houghton. OCLC 655604471.