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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born Pa.)

Edmund Bradford

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born July 31, 1816, Philadelphia, PA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1833, to July 1, 1837, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1837.

 p675  Served: in the Florida War, 1837‑38; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1838; in the Florida War, 1838‑39; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1839; at the Camp of Instruction near Trenton, N. J., 1839; on the Northern Frontier, during Canada Border Disturbances, at Detroit,

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, June 25, 1841)

Mich., 1840, — Recruiting, 1840‑41, — and Buffalo, N. Y., 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., 1842, — Carlisle Barracks, Pa., 1842, — and Ft. Monroe, Va., 1842‑45; in Military Occupation of Texas, 1845‑46; in the War with Mexico 1846‑47, being engaged in the Battle of Monterey, Sep. 21‑23, 1846, — and Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847; on Recruiting service, 1847‑48; in the War with Mexico, 1848, at Pachuca, Mex.; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1848; and on Recruiting service, 1848‑49.

Resigned, May 20, 1849.

Civil History. — Farmer, near Norfolk, Va., 1850‑61.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​a

Civil History. — Unknown.

Died, Apr. 26, 1889, at Norfolk, Va.: Aged 73.º

Buried, Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record, which was low-key. The brief biographical entry in the Encyclopedia of Virginia (Lyon Gardiner Tyler, ed., 1915) differs somewhat from the Register account above but adds other information, and is therefore worth quoting:

Major Edmund Bradford, son of Samuel Fisher and Abigail (Inskeep) Bradford, was born at Philadelphia, July 31, 1816. He graduated with distinction at the West Point Military Academy, and served throughout the Mexican War, and in recognition of his gallantry was presented with a handsome sword by his native city of Philadelphia. After some years he resigned from the United States army and retired to private life. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the Confederate army and served until the end of the war when he returned to Norfolk, where he resided until his death April 26, 1889. He married October 7, 1847, Anne Elizabeth Tazewell, born October 28, 1817, died December 15, 1898, daughter of Governor Littleton Waller Tazewell, of Virginia. [then follows a list of his six children and their marriages]

Enough material has been found on his life to yield a 54‑page booklet by Calvert Walke Tazewell: Major Edmund Bradford: U. S. Army and Confederate States Army (Virginia Beach, W. S. Dawson Co., 1994). Traces of it are found online.

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