Civil War Records of George A. Reed

Photograph of George A. Reed, from History and Complete Roster of the Massachusetts Regiments, by George W. Nason


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
E 6th MVI (3 months) Private, enl. April 16, 1861; must. April 22, 1861 must. out Aug. 2, 1861 Littleton   age 18
E 26th MVI Private; enl. Sept. 5, 1861; must. Oct. 23, 1861; prom. Corpl., Nov. 1, 1861; Sergt., Nov. 17, 1862; re-enlist. Jan. 1, 1864; comm. 2nd Lieut. June 29, 1865; not must. must. out Aug. 26, 1865, as 1st Sergt. Littleton farmer age 19
MASSCW, 1:382, 3:92

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton): x


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
E 26th MVI   Invalid 516608 546 625 Mass.  
E 6th MVI

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  93 pages (PDF)

Grand Army of the Republic

Gen. Burnside Post No. 142 G.A.R., Saxonville, Middlesex County, Mass.; chartered Nov. 29, 1870; surrendered 1923 (Sargent, Grand Army of the Republic: 435).


Date May 11, 1923
Place Saxonville, Framingham, Mass.
Obituary Boston Daily Globe, May 12, 1923
Burial Framingham, Mass.
Survived by  

Additional Information

Text from "Not Afraid to Go", exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library:

George Reed was an 18-year-old farm laborer when he went off with the Davis Guards in April 1861. As a private in the 26th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, he became a messenger for Generals Sheridan and Hancock and was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant.  After the war he lived in Framingham and worked as a conductor on the railroad. He served in both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate. He died in 1923 and is buried in Framingham.


George A. Reed was born September 10, 1842 in Concord, Mass. (pension file).

George A. Reed, age 8, is recorded as an inhabitant of Framingham, Mass. in the 1850 federal census, in household (dwelling no. 670/723) of Jefferson Reed, age 36, a finisher, and Susan Reed, age 37. Also in the household is Charles W. Reed, age 9 ("1850 United States Federal Census,"

George A. Reed married Annie Elizabeth Johnson October 15, 1872 at Brooklyn, Conn. (pension file).

George A. Reed and his wife Annie E. Reed are recorded as inhabitants of Framingham in the 1880, 1910 and 1920 federal census (United States Federal Census. In:



In his letters, George A. Reed refers to his uncle William Reed, cousin William B. Reed, and brother Charles W. Reed.

Letter from George A. Reed addressed to "Dear Unkle...", in pencil, text on both sides, Washington D.C., April 20, 1861.  Size 7 3/4" w. x 9 3/4" h. (Acton Memorial Library archives, 2007.7.1)

Letter from George A. Reed addressed to "Dear Unkle...", in pencil, Washington City, D.C., May 3, 1861. Envelope addressed to Nathan Reed Esq. Natick, Felchville, Mass. Size 7 3/4" w. x 9 3/4" h. (Acton Memorial Library archives, 2007.7.2)

Letter addressed "Dear Cossin..." in ink, folded vertically, text on four sides of paper, written from Relay House, Maryland, May 26, 1861. Size 5 1/4" w. x 8 1/8" h. folded (Acton Memorial Library archives, 2007.7.3)

Letter addressed "Dear Couisin..." in ink, folded, text on four sides, Camp Relay, Maryland, June 14, 1861. Size 4 20/16" w/ x 7 3/4" h. folded.  Envelope addressed to Miss Fannie Reed, Natick, Mass.  (Acton Memorial Library archives, 2007.7.4)


See also:

"Another April 19th," Littleton Historical Society (blog), Friday, April 13, 2012,  Accessed 2015.07.08.

A Souvenir of Massachusetts Legislators. Stoughton, Mass: A.M. Bridgman. 1895 and 1896, digital edtions:;

Littleton Massachusetts 1714-2014, Celebrating 300 years of History: 187-197.

Lockwood, John and Charles Lockwood. The Siege of Washington: The Untold Story of the Twelve Days That Shook the Union. Oxford University Press, 2011: 199-200.

Nason, George W.  History and Complete Roster of the Massachusetts Regiments: Minute Men of '61. Smith & McCance, 1910. (Geneal Coll/973.741/N263).  Digital edition: Portrait (reproduced above) is on page 215.




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