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E.K. Teed

E.K. Teed

Federal (USV)


Elanson Knapp Teed

(1843 - 1912)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 51st New York Infantry

Before Antietam

In 1860 he was a 16 year old farmer on his parent's modest place at Trout Creek near Tompkins in Delaware County, NY. He was not quite 18 when he enlisted on 23 September 1861 in Cooperstown, NY, and he mustered as a Private in Company B, 51st New York Infantry on 18 October.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He reenlisted on 1 December 1863, and was promoted to Corporal on 1 March 1864. He was wounded again, in the Wilderness, VA on 6 May 1864 and "left on the field for dead." He was promoted to Sergeant on 30 September 1864 but was captured that date at Poplar Grove Church, VA and was a prisoner for 5 months. He was appointed First Sergeant on 1 May 1865 and mustered out with his Company on 25 July 1865 at Alexandria, VA.

After the War

In 1865 he was back home at Turtle Creek with his parents but by 1870 was a wagon maker in Tompkins with 3 small children. In 1880 he was a grocer at Trout Creek and by 1900 he was keeping a hotel there. In 1910 he was retired and living with his daughter Edith and her family in Madison, NY.

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General,1 who does not mention any of his wounds and has his age as 28 at enlistment. His wounding at Antietam is on a casualty list in the New York Herald of 23 September 1862, as Leed, and also a list in the New York Times of 5 October 1862. Personal details from family genealogists, the US Census of 1860-1910, and the NY State Census of 1865. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone, with war record engraved, mentions his Antietam (2x) and Wilderness wounds, but has his birth in 1844. The Findagrave memorial is also the source of his picture, from a photograph contributed by Bill Watts.

He married Ceresa E. Beach (1844-1876) in December 1865 and they had 3 children.

More on the Web

His older brother Hiram P. Teed (1833-1923) was a soldier in the 144th New York Infantry 1862-1865; Griff has Spared and Shared an 1863 letter from Hiram to his wife, online. Another copy of Elanson's photo accompanies that letter.


11/20/1843; Trout Creek, NY


04/25/1912; Trout Creek, NY; burial in Reifinberg Cemetery, Trout Creek, NY


1   State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, For the Year 1900, Ser. No. 25, p. 215  [AotW citation 30320]