COMPREHENSIVE ARCHIVE OF SLADEN FAMILY MILITARY ARCHIVE 1861-1954, RECIPIENTS OF MEDAL OF HONOR, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS…,
The Sladen Family
The Sladen family military archive is massive, starting with 3 generations of American heroes spanning the Civil War through current day. Service in the military has been a time honored tradition in America since the Revolutionary War and before. While patriotism has attracted many soldiers, only but a few make careers through all the trials and tribulations associated with military life.
- Joseph Sladen (1841-1911) started a military dynasty of 100 years, not a lot different from Lee or MacArthur, though more anonymous. This began with his volunteer Civil War service as a regimental clerk. This “clerk” would leave his tent and personally rally retreating troops at the Battle of Resaca, GA and receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions.
- His son, Fred Winchester Sladen, was a graduate from US Military Academy at West Point where Joseph was stationed during his post-Civil War military career as aide de camp to Superintendent General OO Howard. Fred Sladen would have a long military career including attaining the rank of Major General and winning every award possible, with the exception of MOH during WW1. Fred Sladen would be long time superintendent of West Point procuring Robert E Lee’s bed when he was Superintendent of West Point 1852-1855 among the massive artifacts collected in his long military career. This bed is being offered as lot #3396.
- Major General Sladen’s son Fred Winchester Sladen, Jr would also graduate from West Point, retiring in 1959 as a Brigadier General.
- Joseph Sladen Bradley, another grandson of Joseph Sladen, graduated West Point in 1919 retiring in 1956 with the rank of Major General.
- Caroline Sladen married USMA graduate John J. Bradley who retired with the rank of Brigadier General in 1926.
- Joseph Sladen’s only son, who did not embark on a military career, did serve as Major during WW1 in the Army Medical Corps. An outstanding physician, he founded the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
- The Sladen daughters married into other, older American families and archives date back to 18th Other grandchildren kept military careers alive as will be discovered in the 8000+ items in this incredible archive.
The archive is broken down into 25 lots and offered somewhat chronologically with the exception of the Captured North Korean Generals pistol which is being sold in Day 1 as lot 1268.