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Bradley Winslow

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Bradley Winslow
A man wearing a tuxedo with a walrus mustache looking left
Bradley Winslow in 1880
Born(1831-08-01)August 1, 1831
DiedOctober 24, 1914(1914-10-24) (aged 83)
Burial placeBrookside Cemetery, Watertown, New York
43°56′06″N 75°54′50″W / 43.935°N 75.914°W / 43.935; -75.914
Years active1861–1865
Spouse(s)
  • Geraldine M. Cooper (married 1855-1896)
  • Poppie H. Burdick (married 1901-1914)
Children3
Parent(s)
  • John Winslow (father)
  • Betsey Collins Winslow (mother)
RankLieutenant
Colonel
Unit
Battles/wars
Awards
Member of the New York State Senate
from the 21st District district
In office
1880–1881
Signature
Bradley Winslow

Bradley Winslow (August 1, 1831 – October 24, 1914) was an American politician, soldier, and lawyer. He became a lieutenant in the Union Army during the American Civil War in 1861. In August 1862, Winslow fought in the Northern Virginia campaign. From 1864 to 1865, he was the colonel of the 186th New York Volunteers. He was the mayor of Watertown, New York in 1875. He was a member of the 21st District of the New York State Senate in 1880 and 1881.

Early years and career[change | change source]

Bradley Winslow was born on the farm owned by his father, John Winslow, in the town of Watertown, New York 2.75 miles (4.43 kilometres) away from the city of Watertown on August 1, 1831.[1][2][3] Winslow went to schools in the Watertown City School District as a boy.[1] On December 1, 1847, Winslow started going to Cazenovia College.[4] In 1851 and 1852, he went to Falley Seminary.[4][5] From 1852 to 1853, Winslow went to Wyoming Seminary.[6] Winslow started to study law in the office of James F. Starbuck in autumn 1853. In 1854 Winslow started going to Poughkeepsie Law School.[2][5] Winslow was admitted to the bar in 1855.[7] Winslow was taught by Starbuck in Winslow's first year of being a lawyer. Winslow opened a law firm on January 1, 1856 after a year with Starbuck. In spring 1856 Winslow started to work with J.L. Bigelow, and they started a law firm named Winslow & Bigelow.[4] In 1859 Winslow was nominated to be district attorney and was elected on January 1, 1861.[8][4][5]

Military career[change | change source]

Winslow in 1865

When the American Civil War started in 1861, Winslow volunteered to be a First Lieutenant in the Black River Corps, a military organization in Watertown, on May 13, 1861.[9][4][5] Winslow was mustered in to the 35th New York Infantry Regiment on June 11, 1861 as captain.[4][7] Winslow was promoted to lieutenant colonel on August 31, 1861.[10] In October 1861, Winslow and his regiment captured Lieutenant H. J. Segal's Cavalry near Falls Church, Virginia.[9] In August 1862, Winslow fought in the Northern Virginia campaign. On August 9, 1862, Winslow and the 35th New York Regiment fought in the Battle of Cedar Mountain.[4] On August 23, 1862, Winslow commanded the 35th New York Infantry Regiment in the First Battle of Rappahannock Station.[9] From August 28 to 30, 1862, Winslow fought in the Second Battle of Bull Run.[9][7] While fighting in the Northern Virginia campaign, Winslow got typhoid fever, and he left the Union because of it on December 18, 1862.[9][7] Winslow became a soldier again as the colonel of the 186th New York Volunteers on September 28, 1864.[3][7] On April 2, 1865, during the Siege of Petersburg, while trying to capture Fort Mahone,[7] Winslow was shot below between his lower left ribs by a Minié ball. The Minié ball passed through his body and came out on the right side near his spine.[3][9][11] Abraham Lincoln brevetted Winslow Brigadier general of US Volunteers on April 9, 1865, which was allowed by the United States Senate.[7] Winslow was discharged from the army on June 2, 1865, and was made a lieutenant in the 22nd United States Infantry. He left the army instead and returned to Watertown, and became a lawyer again.[7][12] On June 13, 1865, general Simon Goodell Griffin sent a letter to Winslow thanking him for being brave during the Siege of Petersburg. The letter said:[9]

My dear colonel, It is with sincere pleasure that I inform you that I have recommended your promotion to the rank of Brigadier General by brevet for bravery and gallant conduct on the field at the assault on the enemy's lines in front of Petersburg, April 2, 1865. I am very happy, Colonel, to make this acknowledgment of your meritorious services as commander of your regiment, and of the gallant and judicious manner in which you handled your regiment in my presence during the engagement of the 2d of April, an engagement that will be forever memorable in our nation's history. With sincere esteem, I have the honor to be yours, etc.,

Later career[change | change source]

In November 1865, Winslow was elected district attorney of Jefferson County again until 1868.[13][9][7] In 1868, Winslow became a brigadier general in the New York Army National Guard as the head of the 16th Brigade for about six years.[7][9] Winslow was elected as the mayor of the city of Watertown in December 1875 for one term.[9][14] Winslow chose not to be re-elected as mayor again.[7] Winslow was a member of the 21st District of the New York State Senate in 1880 and 1881 as a Republican.[15][7] From 1883 to 1884,[16] he managed the Northern New York Republican, a newspaper.[7]

A sketch of a man with a walrus mustache and a tuxedo
A sketch of Winslow from 1876

Personal life and death[change | change source]

Winslows gravestone in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown, New York

When Winslow was 14 years old, his mother died.[9] On March 21, 1847, Winslow started to live with his uncle, Willard Ives.[9] Winslow married Geraldine M. Cooper on November 15, 1855. Winslow and Cooper had three children, one boy and two girls.[9][12][2] His son, John Cooper Winslow, was born on October 22, 1856 in Watertown.[17] Geraldine died on August 24, 1896.[2] Winslow married Poppie H. Burdick on January 22, 1901 in Cook County, Illinois.[17] Bradley Winslow died on October 24, 1914 at the age of 83,[3] in the city of Watertown, New York.[7][3] He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic when he died, and he was a charter member of the Joe Spratt Post Number 323 in Watertown.[3][7] Winslow was buried at Brookside Cemetery in Watertown, New York.[7]

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Citations[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Durant 1878, p. 201.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Emerson 1898, p. 165.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 York, Grand Army of the Republic Department of New (1915). Abstract of General Orders and Proceedings of the ... Annual Encampment, Department of New York, Grand Army of the Republic. The Department. p. 281. Archived from the original on June 5, 2022. Retrieved June 5, 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Durant 1878, p. 202.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Oakes 1905, p. 295.
  6. Haddock 1894, p. 81.
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 "Bar Association adopts resolutions are presented upon the death of general Bradley Winslow". Watertown Daily Times. 2: 9. January 4, 1915 – via NYS Historic Newspapers.
  8. Emerson 1898, p. 190.
  9. 9.00 9.01 9.02 9.03 9.04 9.05 9.06 9.07 9.08 9.09 9.10 9.11 9.12 Durant 1878, p. 203.
  10. Emerson 1898, p. 168.
  11. Emerson 1898, p. 166.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Oakes 1905, p. 296.
  13. Emerson 1898, p. 192.
  14. Emerson 1898, p. 330.
  15. Emerson 1898, p. 188.
  16. Haddock 1894, p. 304.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Oakes 1905, p. 297.

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Bradley Winslow at Find a Grave

New York State Senate
Preceded by
John W. Lippitt
New York State Senate
21st District

1880–1881
Succeeded by
Frederick Lansing