Reed, Jeremiah W.

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Jeremiah W. Reed was born on February 22, 1834 in Berne[1], Albany Co, NY[2]. His parents were Philo Reed (B. July 27, 1811, D. Sept 11, 1885) and Phoebe Richmond (B. May 12, 1812, D. June 1, 1879).[2][3] Jeremiah was named after his paternal grandfather Jeremiah Reed (B. abt 1787, D. bef 1860), and was the oldest son of thirteen children.[2][3]

Marriage & Children

It appears that Jeremiah did not marry.[4][5]


Jeremiah was a farmer.[3][4][1]


In 1850 at the age of 16, Jeremiah was working with his father on their farm in Broome, Schoharie County, NY.[3] A decade later he was working with William Lounsbury and his son Omar W. Lounsbury on their farm in Preston Hollow, Rensselaerville, Albany County, NY.[4]

While serving in the Civil War, Jeremiah wrote a letter to his brother Daniel Reed in which he sent money home to his brothers.[6]

Military Service

Name: Jeremiah Reed
Enlistment Date: 9 Aug 1862[1]
Enlistment Place: Albany, New York
Enlistment Rank: Private[1]
State Served: New York
Regiment: 7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery
Company: Company F[1]
Wounded Date: 30 May 1864[1]
Wounded Place: Totopotomoy, VA[1](Totopotomoy Creek)
Death Date: 23 June 1864[1]
Death Place: Davids Island, New York Harbor[1]
Additional Remarks: Jeremiah enlisted age 28 on August 9, 1862. Two weeks later his two brothers David and Ellis enlisted in Co. E of 134th NY Infantry Regiment. Jeremiah died at a military hospital a month after being wounded at Totopotomoy.[1] After his death his father Philo Reed applied for his Civil War pension.
Sources Used:, American Civil War Soldiers; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York For the Year 1897; Civil War Pension Index on; Schoharie County Historical Review Spring 2001; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998


Jeremiah W. Reed was wounded May 30, 1864 at the battle at Totopotomoy, Va., he survived and was sent to a military hospital at David's Island in the NY harbor, but died there on June 23, 1864.[7] He died of blood poisoning from his leg wound.[1] He was buried at Cypress Hill National Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.[2][1] After his death, hospital officials in an effort to insure all soldiers were properly identified took a photo of his dead body and sent it off to his family asking them to confirm his identity.[1]


Additional Research Notes

Additional Media


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Carnival of Blood (from information on his enlistment form)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 1850 US Census, Broome, Schoharie Co, NY
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 1860 US Census, Rensselaerville, Albany Co, NY
  5. Civil War Pension Index,
  6. Reed, Charles, "The Reed Brothers", Schoharie County Historical Review, Spring-Summer 2001,Vol.LXV No.1, page 29.
  7. American Civil War Soldiers,