University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Thomas Charles Brady Family Papers, 1823-1909

Creator Brady, Thomas Charles, 1843-1865
Title: Thomas Charles Brady family papers
Dates: 1823-1909
Abstract: The Thomas Charles Brady family papers consist primarily of correspondence from Thomas Brady to his wife, Jane A. Barnett Brady, during his service with the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01980
Extent: 2 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Thomas Charles Brady was born in South Carolina in 1843. He married Jane Barnett and fathered one son, Charles J. Brady. The family resided in Spartanburg, South Carolina, until the Civil War began in 1861.

Brady enlisted as a private in A Company, Holcombe Legion, South Carolina Volunteers in November 1861. He rose rapidly through the ranks and was commissioned a second lieutenant in April 1862. He was promoted to captain and commanded the company during the Maryland Campaign of 1862. The Holcombe Legion was transferred to South Carolina in 1863 where Brady participated in the defense of Charleston. After returning from a furlough, in October 1863, Brady was court-martialed for conduct unbecoming an officer and was dismissed from the service on November 9, 1863. Brady returned to the army as a private in early 1865 and served during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia. He was recommissioned as lieutenant in March 1865, and was cited for bravery during the assault of Fort Steadman. On March 29, 1865, he was wounded and died of complications on April 13, 1865.

Jane A. Barnett Brady was born August 21, 1832. She was the daughter of Josiah Barnett, a prominent landowner in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She was educated as a teacher and lived in Spartanburg until 1882 when she followed her son's family to Georgetown, Texas, where she lived until her death.

Scope and Contents

The Thomas Charles Brady family papers consist primarily of correspondence from Thomas Brady to his wife, Jane A. Barnett Brady, during his service with the Confederate Army during the Civil War. These letters reflect not only Brady's experiences during battles, but also the daily life in the army and the concerns of the soldier for his family.

Charles J. Brady, Thomas C. Brady's son, moved to Texas in 1881 with his wife Fannie, and infant son, William. During 1881, the couple wrote almost daily letters imploring Jane Brady to join them in Georgetown, Texas. These letters give a vivid view of life in central Texas in the 1880s. The remainder of the correspondence consists of letters from family and friends to Jane A. Brady in the years after Thomas Brady's death.

The Brady family financial records consist of state tax receipts, rent receipts, personal loans and miscellaneous transactions. The legal materials primarily document transactions of the Barnett family, and include a bill of sale for a female slave. Also included is Jane Barnett Brady's teaching certificate. The military records document Thomas C. Brady's Confederate service and the financial records of A Company, Holcombe Legion, South Carolina Volunteers.

The remainder of the Brady papers consists of a genealogy from a family Bible, printed material, including a brochure about patent medicine, envelopes, and lists. Photocopies of portions of the collection are included.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Barnett, Cassandra
Barnett, Jane A.
Brady, Charles J.
Brady, Fannie L.
Brady, Jane A. Barnett, 1832-
Brady, Thomas Charles, 1843-1865
Family Names
Brady family
Corporate Names
Confederate States of America. Army. Holcombe Legion. Company A
Troy Steam Laundry (Georgetown, Tex.)
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Fort Stedman, Battle of (Petersburg, Virginia : 1865)
Maryland Campaign (1862)
Siege of Charleston (South Carolina : 1863)
Siege of Petersburg (Virginia : 1864-1865)
Slave trade
Women teachers

Separated Material

Additional material in TXC 224.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Charles Brady Family Papers, 1823-1909, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff in 1983 and revised in 1997. Laura Grove made additional revisions in July 2020.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Accession Numbers

82-237; 97-114; 97-201

OCLC Number


Detailed Description of the Collection


Letters to Jane A. Brady
3P148 [SRH1230019217] Thomas C. Brady to Jane A. Brady, 1862-1865, undated
Charles J. Brady and Frannie Brady to Jane A. Brady, 1857-1909, undated
Financial Records [originals], 1854-1899
Military Records [originals and photocopies]
3P148 [SRH1230019217] Thomas C. Brady military service records, 1861-1865
Photocopies of Thomas C. Brady abstracts, from the National Archives of the United States, 1861-1865
Personnel and quartermaster records, Company A, Holcombe Legion, South Carolina Volunteers, 1861-1863
OD1199 Muster roll and payroll of Captain William James Smith, Company A of the Holcombe Legion of the Army, Confederate States of America, 1862
3P148 [SRH1230019217] Legal materials, 1823-1856
Family Bible: photocopies and transcriptions of handwritten notes, undated
Printed Material, 1874-circa 1890
Bills of Sale, Lists [originals and photocopies], undated
2.325/D4d [SRH1230000640] List of items in the estate of Cassandra Barnett, undated
4L861 Family Bible, undated
Reproductions and transcriptions
3P148 [SRH1230019217] Typed transcriptions, undated
3P148 [SRH1230019217] Military Records, undated
Financial Records, undated
Bills of Sale, Lists, undated
3S6 [SRH1230027682] Photographs, undated
3T3 [SRH1230021774] Ambrotype [unidentified], circa 1850