Jesse Bradley (April 21, 1829 - October 17, 1865) served as a blacksmith in Company F, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry.

Jesse Bradley

Jesse Bradley, c. 1863.

Personal lifeEdit

Jesse Bradley was born in North Carolina. He married Susannah "Susan" Slimp (1832 - 1924) on December 25, 1850, with whom he had least eight children.

Civil War serviceEdit

Bradley enlisted as a private in Company H on October 1, 1863 at Camp Nelson, Kentucky for a period of three years.[1] He mustered in February 25, 1864 at Nashville, Tennessee and was transferred to Company F and assigned as the company blacksmith the previous day by order of Colonel John K. Miller.

Bradley is listed as present for duty until November 12, 1864[2] when he was captured in action at Morristown, Tennessee and sent to Richmond, Virginia, where he was then sent to the prisoner of war camp at Danville, Virginia. On the May/June 1865 muster roll it is noted: "Absent. Hospl Baltimore Md since Feby 25th 65". In a War Department Adjutant General's record dated December 5, 1877, it states: "Paroled at James River Va. Feby 22, 1865. Admitted to Hospital Annapolis Md. same day and sent to Baltimore Md March 7th 1865. Was admitted to Newton General Hospital Baltimore Md. March 8, 1865. Was furloughed April 4, 1865. No record of his return from furlough."[3]

Bradley mustered out September 5, 1865 at Knoxville despite not being present. He had been paid through October 31, 1864. He had received a bounty of $25 for his service and was owed $75.

Later lifeEdit

His wife Susan applied for a widow's pension on January 4, 1871. Bradley died October 17, 1865 in Lee County, Kentucky and is buried in Cable-Hobbs Cemetery in Lee County.[4]


  1. He was living in Owsley County, Kentucky in 1860 and in Wolfe County, Kentucky in 1863.
  2. Other records indicate that he was captured November 11 or 13.
  3. A wartime record indicates that he was exchanged at Aiken's Landing, Virginia on February 21, 1865.
  4. Family records do not indicate when he returned to Kentucky, but that he was very ill with dysentery and a "lung disease". He was so ill that he rarely left his bed.

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