Lieutenant Colonel Luther P. Bradley was born December 8, 1822, in New Haven, Ct. He served with the U. S. Army from 1861-1865 and from 1866-1872. Bradley commanded various posts in Nebraska and Wyoming. In 1877, Bradley was in Nebraska when members of the Sioux Tribe surrendered. He was also present when Indian fighter Crazy Horse was killed. In 1878, he established Camp Devin for the telegraph line. Bradley died March 13, 1910, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Camp Devin was named after Brevet Brigadier General Thomas C. Devin. He was known as either “Old War Horse” or “Buford’s Hard Hitter”. He gained much of his service under John Buford. Ulysses S. Grant stated that Devin was one of the best Cavalry officers in the union service. Devin was very knowledgeable about cavalry tactics. Devin died on April 4, 1878. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery. One thing that was always said about him was “Colonel Devin knew how to take his men into action and also how to bring them out.”
Today the actual location of Camp Devin is unknown. It is in private property in Carter County near Alzada, Montana. Alzada doesn’t get much attention due to its remote location. Alzada was in the news in 1997, a B-1 bomber crashed killing four crewmen including the pilot due to pilot’s error. On Montana Highway 326, there is a historical marker giving information on Camp Devin. The marker is located near the Montana-Wyoming border.