Private, Company F, 10th New Hampshire Infantry
Place/date of action: at Chaffin's Farm, Virginia, 29 Sept 1864
Date of issue: 6 April 1865
Citation: Capture of flag
On the "date of action", the 29th of Sept, 1864, the 10th NH were with the XVIII Corps, sent out as skirmishers ahead of the First Division, in the taking of Fort Harrison (while the X Corps were assaulting New Market Heights). The following day, the Confederates made several attempts to retake the fort, without success. The 10th NH Inf. and the 118th New York Infantry formed a skirmish line, and advanced over the field, capturing the rebel wounded and numerous battle flags [Revised Register, pg. 515]. In the report on the soldiers valiant conduct in the field by Asst. Adj.Gen. Smith [US Congr. Series I, Vol XLII, Part III, pg 164] it was recommended that Private Bradbury(sic) receive a medal "for gallantry in capturing a rebel stand of colors".
The whereabouts of Pvt Brady following his Civil War service are not clear. He did not file for a pension, and he was not seen in the 1890 Veterans Schedule. He may be the James Brady, age 39, single, a laborer, in 1880 Boston, MA census with mother Ann, and single brothers William, George, and John (They are also seen in 1870 Boston, and in 1860 Roxbury censuses, and James looks to be a match).
Ayling's Revised Register, pg 520
Battle of Chaffin's Farm: [battle map w/ unit locations - LoC site]
Medal of Honor, 1863-1968: pg 38
New Hampshire Soldiers' Home (Tilton, NH): Report for 1904
10th N.H. Infantry: muster roll for "Substitutes for Drafted Men"
10th New Hampshire Infantry: Co. F (transfers to 2nd NH)