Luther Prentice Bradley

Luther Prentice Bradley was born in New Haven, Connecticut, on December 8, 1822. Before moving to Chicago in 1855, he held various commands in the Connecticut militia, where he acquired a basic military education. In Chicago he worked as a bookkeeper and salesman and served as a captain of the 1st Illinois Militia and as lieutenant colonel of the "Chicago Legion." On November 6, 1861, Bradley was mustered into Federal service as lieutenant colonel of the 51st Illinois Infantry. He subsequently fought with his regiment at the capture of Island No. 10, at New Madrid, Missouri, and at the occupation of Nashville under D. C. Buell. He was promoted to colonel on October 15, 1862, and participated in the campaign and battle of Murfreesboro. At the battle of Chickamauga he commanded a brigade in McCook's XX Corps and was severely wounded. He was advanced to brigadier general of volunteers, to rank from July 30, 1864. Bradley participated in the Atlanta campaign, during which he commanded a brigade in Newton's division of the IV Corps, Army of the Cumberland. For his services at Resaca he was subsequently brevetted brigadier general in the Regular Army; he received the brevet of colonel for gallantry at Chickamauga. Bradley was detached along with the IV Corps to oppose John B. Hood's invasion of Tennessee. At the battle of Franklin he was wounded again and is not shown present at the battle of Nashville, where his brigade was under the command of its senior colonel. On July 28, 1866, General Bradley was appointed lieutenant colonel of the newly organized 27th U. S. Infantry. He became colonel in 1879 and was retired on December 8, 1886, having reached the statutory age of sixty-four. He died in retirement in Tacoma, Washington, on March 13, 1910, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Reference:  Generals in Blue.  Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Louisiana State University Press.  Baton Rouge.