On August 14, 1862, at the age of 26, Ellis Reed enlisted as a Private in Company E, 134th New York Infantry and was discharged at Washington, DC due to disability on January 25, 1863.
His brother, William Reed, age 19, also enlisted as a Private in Company E, 134th New York Infantry on August 13, 1862. William was beside his brother David at Gettysburg and was wounded twice in the right leg. On April 30, 1865, he was promoted to Corporal. He served until the end of the war and marched with the unit in the Grand Review at Washington DC. He was discharged on June 10, 1865 at Bladensburg, Maryland. After the war he was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic in Washington DC.
At the age of 28, their brother, Jeremiah H. Reed, enlisted in Company F, 7th New York Heavy Artillery on August 9, 1862 as a Private. He was wounded at Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia on May 30, 1864 and died from his wounds at David's Island in New York Harbor, June 23, 1864.
A fourth brother, David Reed, enlisted August 19, 1862 as a Private in Company E, 134th New York Infantry, the same company as the first two brothers. He was wounded in the right leg on July 1, 1863 at Cemetery Hill during the battle of Gettysburg. He was treated in a hospital in Philadelphia and discharged on April 30, 1864.
The 134th New York Infantry was organized at Schoharie Court House in the summer of 1862. The regiment participated in more than 45 engagements, including: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chattanooga, Ringgold, Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Savannah, Goldborough, and the occupation of Raleigh. At the end of the war, they marched in the Grand Review at Washington DC.
The 7th New York Heavy Artillery was mustered into service at Albany, New York. It fought in 15 engagements, including: The Wilderness Campaign, Spottsylvania County House, Laurel Hill, Ny River, Fredericksburg, North Anna River, Pamunkey, Totopotomoy Creek, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg.
Photograph and information submitted by Charles Corky Reed, General Alfred Pleasonton Camp #24, Department of California and Pacific, SUVCW.