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Federal (USA)


William Edward van Reed

(1841 - 1896)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 5th United States Artillery, Battery K


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

He enlisted as Corporal, Company H, 5th Pennsylvania Infantry on 20 April 1861 and was discharged 22 June 1861. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, 5th US Artillery on 14 May 1861.

On the Campaign

He commanded Battery K on the Maryland Campaign.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to First Lieutenant on 2 July 1863. He was cited by brevet to Captain on 18 August 1864 for gallantry in the operations on the Weldon Railroad, VA.

After the War

He continued in Regular Army service and was promoted to Captain, Company B, on 1 March 1875. He retired from active service on 9 December 1887. After retirement he lived in San Francisco, CA.

References & notes

Service data from Heitman1. His death place from The United States Army and Navy Journal and Gazette of 15 August 1896. His brother Eugene Miller Van Reed (1835-1873) was Consul General (from Hawaii) to Japan at his death.


04/04/1841 in PA


08/08/1896; San Francisco, CA


1   Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, Vol. 1, pg. 983  [AotW citation 14685]