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Federal (USV)


Jacob Wolford Reed

(1841 - 1915)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st Pennsylvania Infantry

Before Antietam

A 20 year old slater in Montgomery County, he mustered as Sergeant, Company F, 51st Pennsylvania Infantry on 16 October.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Fox's Gap on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 1 January 1864 and mustered out with his Company on 27 July 1865.

After the War

In 1880 he was a railroad laborer living in Hatfield, PA, and by 1900 he was living in Philadelphia and a slate roofer again. In 1910 he was working as a janitor on League Island, probably at the US Naval Shipyard.

References & notes

Service information from the History 1 and the Card File.2 Details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1880-1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Elizabeth Funk Krupp (1849-1918) in 1866 and they had at least 5 children.

More on the Web

Great-great grandson B. Bishoff posted a good postwar photo of Reed online on Flickr in 2008.


01/06/1841; Sumneytown, PA


04/09/1915; Hatfield, PA; burial in Plains Mennonite Cemetery, Hatfield, PA


1   Parker, Thomas H., History of the 51st Regiment of P.V. and V.V. ..., Philadelphia: King & Baird, Printers, 1869, pg. 656  [AotW citation 23228]

2   Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Adjutant-General, Pennsylvania Civil War Veterans' Card File, 1861-1866, Published <2005, first accessed 01 July 2005, <>  [AotW citation 23229]