Brodhead Post #31
Paw Paw, Van Buren County, Michigan
Organized October 21, 1881
This Post was probably named in honor of Brig,. General Thornton Fleming Brodhead, a lawyer from Grosse Isle, Michigan, born December 5, 1840. He entered service as Colonel of the 1st Michigan Cavalry, commissioned on August 22, 1861. He was wounded at the Second Battle of Bull Run, Virginia, on August 20, 1862. He was promoted to Brigadier General on August 30, 1862. He died of his wounds on September 2, 1862.
The Post was Mustered with 13 Charter Members.
The first Post Commander was B. F. Heckert who enlisted in Company K, 16th Ohio Volunteers on April 20, 1861. He was discharged as Lieutenant of Company K , 16th Ohio Vols. on October 31, 1864.
Initially the Post met at the K of H Hall on Main Street. The Post met at the Town Hall on Kalamazoo Street in 1882 and 1884 but at Maynard's Hall on Main Street in 1884. By 1890 they were meeting at the Grange Hall on Kalamazoo Street. In 1904 they moved to Shoesmith Hall on Main Street. The last meeting place listed, in 1913, is Memorial Hall on Niles Street.
The final Report was filed December 31, 1928 indicating there were seven remaing Members.
The Last Post Commander was George L. Tuttle. He served as a Sergeant in Company E, 9th Michigan Cavalry from December 1, 1863 to March 1, 1865.
The Post was disbanded in 1930.