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Dr. Michael R. Bradley will be the guest speaker for the monthly meeting of the General Robert H. Hatton Camp #723, Sons of Confederate Veterans.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Cato Industrial Building, 212 South Maple Street, Lebanon. The public is invited to attend.

Bradley will be speaking on his latest projects, one of which is a biography of David C. Kelley, a prominent Methodist minister, who was a Colonel under General Nathan Bedford Forrest, published as, Forrest's Fighting Preacher. Kelley was raised in Wilson County, and his first wife in buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery. He was on the Board of Trust when Vanderbilt University was founded.

Another book for general readers, Mysteries and Legends of the Civil War, was released in April 2011. Copies of each of his books will be available for purchase Thursday night.

Bradley is a native of the Tennessee-Alabama state line region near Fayetteville. He attended Samford University for his B. A., received a Masters of Divinity degree at New Orleans Seminary, and a M. A. and the Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, graduating from there in 1970.

For 36 years, Bradley taught United States History at Motlow College, a Tennessee Board of Regents junior college near Tullahoma. He retired in May 2006.

He has been pastor of two Presbyterian churches in Middle Tennessee, LaVergne Presbyterian from 1968 to 1976, and Clifton Presbyterian from 1977 to 2006. He served as Interim Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Manchester from January 2007 until June 2008.

During his teaching career, Bradley received a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant and a National Sciences Foundation Grant. He also was made a Fellow of Johns Hopkins University.

Bradley is the author of several books on the War Between the States period including Tullahoma: The 1863 Campaign; With Blood and Fire: Behind Union Lines in Middle Tennessee; Nathan Bedford Forrests Escort & Staff in War and Peace; It Happened in the Civil War, a second edition of which appeared in 2010; and Home Fires in the Line of Fire, published as part of an anthology titled Sister States/Enemy States about the war in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Two recent articles have been published in North & South magazine; Death Lists in Middle Tennessee, and In the Cross Hairs: Confederate Civilians Targeted for Death by the United States Army. Tullahoma: The Wrongly Forgotten Campaign was published in Blue & Gray magazine in 2010.

He also writes on other topics including the Revolutionary War, the Great Smoky Mountains, and historical stories. Bradley has written for various reference works, including The Civil Rights Encyclopedia and The Tennessee Encyclopedia, and Sports Encyclopedia. Bradley continues to research and write on War Between the States history.

Bradley is a Life Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and in 2006, was elected Commander of the Tennessee Division, and served four years.

In February 2010, he was appointed by Gov. Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission.

Bradley is married to Martha Rae Dobbins Bradley. They are the parents of two adult children, Nancy Todd Bradley Warren and Michael Lee Bradley. The couple has two grandsons, William Andrew Warren and Michael Alexander Warren.

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