Dedicated to George Reed

"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword. His truth is marching on." Julia Ward Howe




Introduction

George Reed was my great-great grandfather (1816-1864). He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1858. They settled in what is now Great Neck, New York. He worked as a farmer until his enlistment in the Federal Army on September 1, 1863. He was killed at the Battle of Olustee on February 20, 1864.




Gettysburg Address

".... that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain ...." Abraham Lincoln



Epilogue

"... they were not swept away while rushing with terror and confusion to the rear, but were killed and wounded while standing up in solid and unbroken line, bravely and gallantly fighting the enemy."


Information

I have compiled considerable information on George Reed, the Federal Army and the Battle of Olustee. Moving forward I will be posting various stories documenting these topics. If you would care to share any information please do so. Thank you for your interest.









Monday, May 3, 2010

"He Rests In Honored Glory An American Known But To God"

George Reed was initially buried on the Olustee battlefield by the victorious Confederate troops. It was common practice that the victors would bury enemy troops killed in battle. Records indicate that in 1867 or 1868, the remains of the Federal soldiers were exhumed from the battlefield for interment at the National Cemetery in Beaufort, South Carolina. Due to the lack of proper identification, these Federal soldiers are listed as "Unknown". Records at the National Cemetery indicate burial of "unknown" Federal soldiers, numbering over 1,000.

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