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E.P. Reed

E.P. Reed

Federal (USV)


Edward Payson Reed

(1836 - 1894)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

Age 25, a clerk - probably in his father's lumber business - in East Abington when he was commissioned First Lieutenant, Company G of the 12th Massachusetts Infantry in June 1861. Promoted Captain on 25 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in the hand in action on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

He was wounded again, in the leg in action at Fredericksburg, VA on 13 December 1862. He was detached for court martial duty at Long Island and Boston Harbor, and on the staff of General Devens in 1863 - 64. He was promoted to Major of the Regiment 6 May 1864.

After the War

He returned to work in the family grain, coal and lumber business, taking over the lumber on his own when his father retired in 1885. He owned timber land in Maine, and operated mills and ocean-going ships. He was highly successful in that business, and later also President of the Rockland and Abington Street Railroad (streetcar) Company and the Electric Light & Power Company, and chaired the Water Commission. He was a Mason and Commander of his GAR Post.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1, with details from Representative Men2 and family genealogists online. The photograph here from one in the MOLLUS Massachusetts Collection3. His wife was Georgianna Loud.


09/21/1836; Abington, MA


05/28/1894 Abington, MA; burial in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Abington, MA


1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 46  [AotW citation 6827]

2   Beers, J. H., Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts, 3 Volumes, Chicago: J.H. Beers & Company, 1912, Vol. 1, pp. 387 - 388  [AotW citation 6829]

3   US Army, Military History Institute (USAMHI), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: pg. 5330  [AotW citation 6828]