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First Name: Hugh

Last Name: Brady

Birthplace: Huntington County, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Date of Birth: 20 July 1768

Date of Death: 15 April 1851

Rank: Major General

Years Served:
Hugh Brady

•  War of 1812


Hugh Brady
Brevet Major General, U.S. Army

Hugh Brady was born on 20 July 1768 in Huntington County, PA.

Brady entered the U.S. Army on 7 March 1792 as Ensign. He was commissioned a Lieutenant on 10 February 1794 and Captain on 8 January 1799. During the War of 1812, he was made Colonel and Commander of the 22nd U.S. Infantry on 6 June 1812 and commanded his troops at the 5 July 1814 Battle of Chippewa.

After 1835 he was assigned to Command the Northwest Department, of which Detroit, MI, was the headquarters. He received two brevets - Brigadier General on 6 July 1822 and Major General on 30 May 1848 for "faithful service."

He was instrumental in removing Native Americans from Michigan. On 19 September 1840, with 200 Regular Army Troops and 100 horsemen, he was sent from Detroit to remove Indians from the Southwestern side of the State, particularly the Coldwater area. The winter of 1839-40 had been hard on the Native Americans in the region, and the government had refused to supply the Indians with provisions. Potawatomie's near Coldwater began to poach livestock. Brady came with orders to use force if necessary. Soldiers spent two months scouring the woods, and four hundred thirty-nine Indians were captured and marched to Kansas.

Death and Burial

Brevet Major General Hugh Brady died on 15 April 1851 in Detroit, MI. He is buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Detroit, MI.

Honoree ID: 2276   Created by: MHOH




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