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


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


"... 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."


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.

Sunday, May 2, 2010


On September 1, 1863, George Reed, enlisted at Brooklyn, New York, for a three year term. As was common practice during the Civil War, he enlisted as a "substitute" for a man who had been drafted.

The "bounty" for a substitute was $100.00. These bounties were paid over a period of time rather than one lump sum. This was done because some individuals would enlist, collect their bounty, desert their unit, then re-enlist in another area to collect another bounty. Payroll records indicate he received one installment of $25.00 on November 1, 1863. A private in the army received $16.00 per month.

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