Civil War 1861-1865 (Dansville’s link)

Here is a list of Civil War soldiers from Dansville, NY

A “Congressional Medal of Honor” (CMOH) has been awarded to two men that were from Dansville, NY.

Amos Bradley

Amos Bradley 1837-1894 grave stone Spokane Washington cropped

The Congressional Medal of Honor was awarded to Union Navy Landsman Amos Bradley on April 3, 1863.  Selection for this CMOH was for his bravery as described in the 11 General Orders of a Sentry, where no. 11 reads:

11. To be especially watchful at night, and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority. 

His citation reads “Served on board the USS Varuna in one of the most responsible positions, during the attacks on Forts Jackson and St. Philip, and while in action against the rebel ship Morgan 24 April 1862. Although guns were raking the decks from behind him, Bradley remained steadfast at the wheel throughout the thickest of the fight, continuing at his station and rendering service with the greatest courage until his ship, repeatedly holed and twice rammed by the rebel ship Morgan, was beached and sunk.”

Amos Bradley born in Dansville, NY, Livingston Co. was the grandson of Amos Bradley who operated paper mills with his sons in Dansville (1824-1844+).  His father was Chester Bradley who was President (Mayor) of Dansville in 1846 and was one of the original trustees of the Dansville Cemetery Association.

Jerry Wall

July 1-3 saw the war come to within 200 miles of Dansville, to a small Pennsylvania town where cavalryman Oscar Woodruff had spent an uneventful New Years Day back in 1862. 27 men of the 136th were killed or mortally wounded at Gettysburg, a battle in which a 21-year-old native of Geneva (and, years later, resident of Comminsville), Private Jerry Wall of New York’s 126th Infantry, ran into a Confederate camp and captured an enemy flag, a deed that earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor (although, by all accounts, he would have preferred to keep the flag). from Dansville turn’s 200 by David Gilbert

Many years later while he was living in Commonsville (also spelled Cumminsville), Mr. Wall’s occupation was a listed as being a miller in 1902.



4 thoughts on “Civil War 1861-1865 (Dansville’s link)

  1. Robert S. Elmore

    Amos continued an exciting life as a stagecoach driver in Spokane, Washington, where he died June 9, 1894 and is buried.

    His brother John M., also a Dansville native, also fought for the Union as a seaman on the USS Indianola. It was a short history for the ship as it was rammed and sunk not long after it went into service. All of it’s crew were captured (no deaths) on February 24, 1863 and were released ten days later in a prisoner swap, required to sit out the rest of the war.

  2. Robert S. Elmore

    It seems that after their father died, they somewhat scattered. John took his paper making abilities to Canton, Ohio where after what seems a good life, he died.

    Amos moved out west. I suppose he loved the excitement. Imagine being a stagecoach driver.

    If you happen to find out more about the Bradleys or find photos, I would be so grateful. I still haven’t found Elizabeth’s (Amos and John’s mother) maiden name or where she eventually died. Maybe there is a photo of the old paper mill?

    1. Hi Robert here’s a little more on the Bradley’s of Dansville
      The hard-working Bradley family also arrived in Dansville in 1820 from Hartford, Connecticut; Amos Bradley and his sons, Javin, Chester, Lucius, and Benjamin would lease the Faulkner paper mill for five years, before setting out on their own; for the next half century, the Bradleys would spearhead the local papermaking industry. By 1844, there would be four paper mills in the village.
      Dansville, not yet profoundly affected by the Erie Canal, nevertheless continued its slow growth, and saw some new business enterprises arise in 1825. After five years of renting the Faulkner Paper Mill, Amos Bradley struck out on his own, and with his sons Javin and Chester, formed the partnership of A. Bradley & Sons. That spring, they built their own paper mill on Mill Creek (on the future site of the local auto auction).
      The Rev. William Bostwick of Bath officially organized the parish of St. Peter’s Protestant Episcopal Church on April 13, 1831. Among the more prominent Dansvillians belonging to the new church were William Welch, Amos Bradley, Benjamin Cook, George Hyland, and David Mitchell. It would be several years before a resident clergy- man was obtained, and 15 years before they, too, built themselves a church building.
      Another tragedy, albeit a lesser one, struck the firm of A. Bradley & Sons in 1837, as their paper mill on South Main was destroyed by fire; whether the local, inexperienced firefighters made much of a difference is not known. Immediately, Amos Bradley and his sons Javin and Chester rebuilt their twelve-year-old mill. It was a situation that the Bradleys would experience again and again, for this mill would burn down four more times in the next 17 years. With the poor state of firefighting technology, and the multitude of flammable wood, rags, and paper, any paper mill was automatically a firetrap, and once a spark caught, there was very little one could do save watch and hope it didn’t spread to other buildings.
      Also in 1839, Dr. Faulkner closed production of his paper mill, originally built by Nathaniel Rochester in 1809, and which had supplied many thousands of reams of paper to retail stores through- out the northern U.S. The building was converted into a tannery, which enjoyed success for many years. The Bradley paper mill on Main Street burned down yet again in 1839; but not only would the Bradleys rebuild it, they would also construct a second mill…the “lower mill”, it would be called, to distinguish it from the “upper mill”…farther north up Mill Creek.
      Much of the hustle and bustle was taking place on or near the land belonging to Dr. James Faulkner, and one might assume that he already had his hands full. Instead, Faulkner re-entered the political arena, and in 1842 he served the first of four years as State Senator (for the district which then encompassed Livingston, Steuben, Allegany, Chenango, Chemung, and Tioga Counties). Another Dansvillian, paper mill owner Chester Bradley, had been voted to the Assembly; and Charles H. Carroll of Groveland was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
      The first corporation meeting of the Village of Dansville was held on June 16, 1846, at George Hyland’s American Hotel. Sidney Sweet was among those elected as Trustee, as were Chester Bradley and Samuel Endress; Bradley was elected President of the Board of Trustees, roughly equivalent to mayor. (Until 1894, the Village President was elected not by popular vote, but by the Trustees themselves.)
      On the corner of Washington and Knox, the Livingston Paper Mill was built. Originally owned by Chester Bradley, who had just returned to Dansville from a successful paper-making venture in Niagara Falls, the Livingston Mill, under various names and owners, would be the last surviving Dansville paper mill, remaining in business for 101 years despite a number of fires and hiatuses.

      And there’s still more to share another time,…

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