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Special Collections: Guide to the Peleg Bradford Papers

Summary Information

Collection title: Peleg Bradford Papers
Collection number: MS 68
Dates of Collection: 1862-1865
Size of collection: 1 box
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval

Biographical Information:

Peleg Bradford was born in 1841. He joined the 18th Maine voluntary Infantry (later 1st Maine Heavy Artillery) and was mustered in on August 21, 1862 at Bangor. The Regiment left Bangor for Washington D.C., August 24, 1862. They served in the defense of Washington D.C. until May 15, 1864, when they were assigned to the Army of the Potomac. During June 16-18, 1864, the Regiment participated in the assault on Petersburg. Bradford was wounded on the 17th of June. His leg was amputated and he spent the balance of the war in the hospital. He was discharged with the regiment Sep 20, 1865. Bradford married Eliza C. McPherson, Oct 7, 1866. He became a selectman of Carmel and ran a sawmill. He died in 1918 or 1919. His brother, Owen, was killed at Petersburg at age 16 years, 8 months.

Contents

These papers consist of Peleg Bradford's letters to friends and family during his time as a soldier in the Civil War. Collection also includes typewritten copies of the original letters.

Provenance

Gift of M. Richard S. Bradford of Orono, ME. December, 1984.

Arrangement

Letters arranged chronologically.

Finding Aid

Cage Box 77

Folder 1

Transcriptions 

Folder 2 Aug. 28, 1862 - Sep. 18, 1862. 
Folder 3 Oct. 1, 1862 - Nov. 4, 1862. 
Folder 4 Nov. 13, 1862 - Dec. 27, 1862. 
Folder 5 Jan. 5, 1863 - Jan. 18, 1863.
Folder 6 Feb. 2, 1863 - Mar. 20, 1863. 
Folder 7 

Apr. 12, 1863 - Apr. 18, 1863. 

Folder 8 May 3, 1863 - May 31, 1863. 
Folder 9 Jun. 1, 1863 - Jun. 23, 1863. 
Folder 10 Jul. 12, 1863 - Aug. 23, 1863.
Folder 11 Sep. 3, 1863 - Sep. 26, 1863. 
Folder 12 Oct. 6, 1863 - Nov. 3, 1863. 
Folder 13 Nov. 8, 1863 - Nov. 28, 1863. 
Folder 14 Dec. 20, 1863 - Dec. 30, 1863. 
Folder 15 Jan. 11, 1864 - Mar. 23, 1864. 
Folder 16 Apr. 24, 1864 - May 16, 1864.
Folder 17 Jun. 6, 1864 - Jul. 29, 1864. 
Folder 18  Aug. 7, 1864 - Aug. 11, 1864.
Folder 19 Mar. 28, 1865 - Apr. 7, 1865.

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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