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Collection - James Bradish Papers (c.00147)

The James Bradish papers consist of the letters Bradish wrote to his sister and friends in Michigan during the Civil War. Bradish was mustered in on August 6, 1862, in Company A of the 18th Michigan Infantry. He was stationed in Tennessee and Kentucky and was apparently captured and sent to a Confederate prison (the details of this are unknown). On April 27, 1865, Bradish was killed aboard the steamboat Sultana.The overcrowdered ship was filled with paroled Union prisoners–Bradish among them–when its boilers exploded, setting the Sultana ablaze and causing it to sink in the Mississippi River. Over 1,500 of the approximately 2,500 passengers died in the accident. The letters describe his experiences and the areas where he was stationed from 1862-1864.
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James Bradish Letter: September 6, 1862
James Bradish Letter: September 6, 1862

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James Bradish Letter: September 12, 1862
James Bradish Letter: September 12, 1862

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James Bradish Letter: October 6, 1862
James Bradish Letter: October 6, 1862

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James Bradish Letter: October 8, 1862
James Bradish Letter: October 8, 1862

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James Bradish Letter: October 12, 1862
James Bradish Letter: October 12, 1862

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James Bradish Letter: October 22, 1862
James Bradish Letter: October 22, 1862

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James Bradish Letter: October 28, 1862
James Bradish Letter: October 28, 1862

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James Bradish Letter: November 16, 1862
James Bradish Letter: November 16, 1862

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James Bradish Letter: January 20, 1863
James Bradish Letter: January 20, 1863

January 20, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: February 1, 1863
James Bradish Letter: February 1, 1863

February 1, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: February 15, 1863
James Bradish Letter: February 15, 1863

February 15, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: March 3, 1863
James Bradish Letter: March 3, 1863

March 3, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: March 31, 1863
James Bradish Letter: March 31, 1863

March 31, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: March 31, 1863
James Bradish Letter: March 31, 1863

March 31, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: April 5, 1863
James Bradish Letter: April 5, 1863

April 5, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: April 19, 1863
James Bradish Letter: April 19, 1863

April 19, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: April 24, 1863
James Bradish Letter: April 24, 1863

April 24, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: May 15, 1863
James Bradish Letter: May 15, 1863

May 15, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: June 9, 1863
James Bradish Letter: June 9, 1863

June 9, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: June 16, 1863
James Bradish Letter: June 16, 1863

June 16, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: June 22, 1863
James Bradish Letter: June 22, 1863

June 22, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: July 19, 1863
James Bradish Letter: July 19, 1863

July 19, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: August 2, 1863
James Bradish Letter: August 2, 1863

August 2, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: August 16, 1863
James Bradish Letter: August 16, 1863

August 16, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: date unknown (October 22, 1862?)
James Bradish Letter: date unknown (October 22, 1862?)

October 22, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: November 3, 1863
James Bradish Letter: November 3, 1863

November 3, 1863
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James Bradish Letter: January 7, 1864
James Bradish Letter: January 7, 1864

January 7, 1864
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James Bradish Letter: March 28, 1864
James Bradish Letter: March 28, 1864

March 28, 1864
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