Patriot Nations: William Terrill Bradby

Photo by De Lancey W. Gill
January 23, 2017
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Brady in traditional dress
Photo by De Lancey W. Gill

William Terrill Bradby, dressed traditionally and holding a club, October 1899

William Terrill Bradby (Pamunkey, 1833–?) and other men from Virginia’s Pamunkey and Mattaponi Nations served as river pilots, land guides, and spies for the Union army during the 1862 Peninsular Campaign. They piloted steamers, tugboats, gunboats, and torpedo boats during the remainder of the Civil War.

Photo by De Lancey W. Gill. National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution [NAA INV 06197600]