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Federal (USV)


Silas N. Bradshaw

(1842 - 1931)

Home State: Michigan

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Michigan Infantry

Before Antietam

From Oregon, Lapeer County, he enlisted 2 days after his 19th birthday on 9 August 1861 at Lapeer, and mustered as Private, Company G, 7th Michigan Infantry on 22 August.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the cheek in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated in a hospital at Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA, and discharged for disability there on 29 November 1862.

After the War

He began receiving a Federal pension in November 1863 due to damage to his right eye, presumably from his Antietam wound. At age 22 he married 17 year old Charlotte L. Furman (1847-1910) on 17 July 1864 in Oregon, MI. His pension was worth $6 a month by 1883; he was then living in Lapeer. It was increased from $12 to $14 in 1900 and to $20 in 1906; he was still in Lapeer. He was living in Detroit at the Censuses of 1920 and 1930.

References & notes

Wound and hospital details from Nelson1. His service from the Record of Service,2 which has his residence as Battle Creek (c. 1904). His pension details from the List of Pensioners,3, the Detroit Free Press of 7 January 1900, and the Statutes at Large of the United States (1906). Personal details from his death certificate and Census and marriage records. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


08/07/1842; Warren, MI


10/26/1931; Detroit, MI; burial in Mount Hope Cemetery, Lapeer, MI


1   Nelson, John H., As Grain Falls Before the Reaper: The Federal Hospital Sites and Identified Federal Casualties at Antietam, Hagerstown: John H. Nelson, 2004, pg. 139  [AotW citation 16542]

2   State of Michigan, Office of the Adjutant General, and George H. Brown, Adjutant General; George H. Turner, Asst. AG, compiler, Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865, 46 volumes, Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. & Everard, 1904-1915, Vol. 7, pg. 16  [AotW citation 21112]

3   US Department of the Interior, Pension Office, List of Pensioners on the Roll January 1, 1883, 5 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1883  [AotW citation 21113]