Thomas C. Bradley Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Bradley, Thomas C.
Thomas C. Bradley papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 2 folders

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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Biographical Note

Thomas C. Bradley served in the 12th Michigan Infantry in 1861 and 1862. He was wounded in the Spring of 1862, and after several months of medical leave he was detailed to the Provost Marshal's Office in Memphis, Tennessee. He spent the remainder of the war there, as a member of the U.S. Police and the River Police as well as the Secret Service. These police groups were responsible for maintaining order in Memphis as well as arresting smugglers and counterfeiters. Bradley remained in Memphis until 1866, when he returned to Michigan. He later became a Justice of the Peace in Berrien County, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists primarily of material relating to Bradley's police work, including orders, payrolls, affidavits, and correspondence. It includes some material relating to his medical leave from the 12th Michigan, as well as his post-war career.

The civil ware related materials have been transcribed, scanned and put online at

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections October 1964

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 Chamberlain Memorial Museum, date unknown. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chamberlain Memorial Museum.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Infantry Regiment, 12th (1862-1866).


  • Letters (correspondence)

Geographic Name(s)

  • Berrien County (Mich.)
  • Memphis (Tenn.)
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

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Collection Inventory