James Bradish Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Bradish, James
James Bradish papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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James W. 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.

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Scope and Contents note

The James Bradish papers consist of the letters Bradish wrote to his sister and friends in Michigan during the Civil War. Bradish served in Company A of the 18th Michigan Infantry and was stationed in Tennessee and Kentucky. The letters describe his experiences and the areas where he was stationed from 1862-1864. These letters have been transcribed, scanned and placed online at http://civilwar.archives.msu.edu/collection/7-1C-4C/bradish/.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 1965

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Harlow Ingall, 1960-06-03. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 18th (1862-1865).


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Personal Name(s)

  • Bradish, James
  • Ingall, Harlow

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Collection Inventory


Letters 1862-1864