Luther Prentice Bradley
(December 8, 1822 – March 13, 1910) was an American soldier who
served as a Union general officer during the American Civil War.
was born in New Haven, Connecticut on December 8, 1822.
He held various
commands in Connecticut militia, where he acquired basic military
education. He served as a lieutenant in the Connecticut militia for
a short time, but his mother opposed this because he was her only
1855, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, and entered
the book business.
Also Bradley was a captain in the 1st
Illinois Militia and later a lieutenant colonel of the "Chicago
When the American Civil War
in 1861, Bradley chose to follow the Union cause
. At first his mother
opposed this, but he wrote her a letter in which he told of his
need to serve in the military for his country. He was appointed a
lieutenant colonel in the 51st Illinois Infantry Regiment on
Under Maj. Gen. Don Carlos
Buell, he fought with his regiment at the capture of Island Number Ten in New Madrid,
Missouri, and at the occupation of Nashville,
Tennessee. On October 15, 1862, he was promoted to
colonel, and then he participated in the Battle of Stones
River that winter. He was severely wounded during the
September 1863 Battle of Chickamauga where he commanded a brigade.
Bradley was then appointed a brigadier general in the Union Army,
to rank from July 30, 1864. He participated in the Atlanta
which he commanded a brigade in Newton's Division of IV Corps in
the Army of the
Cumberland. Bradley fought in Tennessee at the
Spring Hill on November 28, 1864, and was once again
His injury prevented him from leading his brigade
during the Battle of Nashville
that followed on December 15–16.
Bradley left the volunteer army at the end of the Civil War in
1865. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the newly formed 27th
US Infantry on July 28, 1866. He married Ione Dewey in 1867. He
became Colonel in 1879. Dewey accompanied him to various locations
in the Indian Country
beginning of their marriage until 1886. He was involved in the
construction of several western forts used during the Indian Wars
. He also attended the
as an official attendee for the Army.
Bradley retired on December 8, 1886, after he reached the
then-statutory age of 64. He died at Tacoma, Washington in 1910, and is buried in Section 2 of Arlington
National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
- Retrieved on 2008-12-24
- Warner, p. 41.
- Eicher, p. 140.
- Eicher, p. 140. Wounded "in the right arm and right hip,