Bradt, John W.

From Helderberg Hilltowns of Albany County, NY


John was born in Middleburg, Schoharie County on September 20, 1826, a son of Andrew Bradt and Betsey McCulloch.[1] He used the name Bill in non-legal documents.

Marriage & Children

John married sometime after 1880 when he was listed as single in the census and November of 1901 where his admission papers list him as widowed. He was more than 50 years old in 1880, and it isn't likely that he had children.

Life and Occupation

John was a farmer. John worked on farms in the area of Rensselaerville to support himself and very likely to assist in his family's support prior to his enlistment in the army.

His brother, Jacob F. Bradt, enlisted in the army at nearly the same time, in the same city, and in the same Regiment and Company as he did and was injured on the same day and in the same place as he was but Jacob's injury was such that he was discharged because of the disability that his wounds created.

John was not only returned to duty, but re-enlisted and continued to serve beyond his original enlistment.

Military Service

Residence: Rensselaerville
Enlistment Date: 7 September 1861
Enlistment Place: Kingston, NY
Enlistment Rank: Private
State Served: New York
Regiment: 80th Infantry
Company: Company K
Wounded in Action on: 30 Aug 1862
Wounded at: Manassas, VA
Re-enlisted as Veteran on: 31 Dec 1863
Muster Out Date: 29 January 1866
Muster Out Place: Portsmouth, VA
Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 27 years. The AG report doesn't specify where he served after his re-enlistment as a veteran or whether he actually participated in battles alongside the rest of K Company.
Sources Used: 1890 Veterans Census; American Civil War Soldiers,; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1905


John died alone on December 28, 1901 at the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Bath, Steuben Co., NY and was buried there. A headstone was provided by the government.

Recent news

Recently dog tags were found in a field in Virginia which were described as one of the greatest finds of Civil War relics. They were John W. Bradt's.

He didn't want to be nameless

By Dennis Yusko

The recent discovery of one of the nation's oldest military dog tags has shed light on a Union soldier from the Albany area who fought in the Civil War.

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The article has images of the dog tags, and explains that find as well as the soldier’s role in the Civil War.

Additional Research Notes

The records provided by the National Home for Disabled Veterans indicate that John lost his left eye during the war and that his sight was very diminished in his right eye. He was also senile by the time of his admission on November 25, 1901. His residence subsequent to his discharge from the army was Rensselaerville.

Additional Media


  1. Descendants of Albert and Arent Adnressen Bradt, Cynthia Brott Biasca, 1990 Higginson Book Company