Calvin Bradshaw

BirthApril 20, 1843
DeathNov. 30, 1918
PostMartin (Gothenburg)

Private Calvin Bradshaw

Company I, 23rd Iowa Infantry

Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC)

Bradshaw was born in Illinois on April 20, 1843. He was living in Lewis (Cass County), Iowa when he enlisted in the regiment on July 22, 1862. He was mustered on August 26, 1862 and served about 19 months with the regiment. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps (VRC) on March 15, 1864. The VRC was established for soldiers that had been wounded, injured, or were suffering from illness. The members were assigned to light duty which freed up able-bodied soldiers for front line duty.

The 23rd Iowa Infantry was organized and mustered in Des Moines on September 19, 1862. The unit fought in two major battles in May 1863:

Battle of Port Gibson (MS) (May 1, 1863). Regimental losses were 7 killed, 15 wounded, and 1 soldier was captured.

Battle of Black River Bridge (MS) (May 17, 1863). Regimental losses were 9 killed and 81 wounded.

Bradshaw was wounded at the Battle of Black River Bridge. He was transferred to the VRC about 10 months after the battle.

Bradshaw died on November 30, 1918 at the age of 75 years. He is buried in the Farnam Cemetery in Farnam (Frontier County), Nebraska. He was a charter member and the last member of the Eight Mile Grove Post (#85) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Cass County, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the McConhie Post (#45) of the GAR in Plattsmouth and the Martin Post (#206) in Gothenburg, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.