CDV OF WILLIAM W. REID, 15TH GEORGIA INFANTRY

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Item Code: 1138-592

Waist-up view of a Reid in uniform. He wears a single-breasted frock with dark braid at the cuffs. The image is clear with good contrast. CDV mount shows wear to edges with the top, right corner chipped away. No photographer's backmark. Pencil identification on the back gone over with ink: "William Reid. Confederate Army. Crawfordville, Ga. Brother of Dr. Redding Jarrell Reid. Given Mrs Henry Reid by Mrs. Horace Holden."

Reid, born about 1843, was a resident of Taliaferro County, GA (in which Crawfordville is located); he enlisted on July 15, 1861 as a Private, and on that date was mustered into Co. D, 15th Georgia Infantry.  He died in 1861 (specific date not stated) at Richmond, VA.  Census records confirm his relationship to Redding Jarrell Reid (1845 – 1916).  No record of William’s grave could be found online.

The 15th Infantry Regiment, organized in the spring of 1861 at Athens, Georgia, contained men from Hancock, Stephens, Elbert, Lamar, Warren, Wilkes, Taliaferro, and Oglethorpe counties. On July 22, 1861, the unit was reported to be en route to Virginia and upon its arrival was assigned to the Potomac District. Later it was placed in General Toombs' and Benning's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. The 15th was involved in the campaigns of the army from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, except when it was detached with Longstreet at Suffolk, Chickamauga, and Knoxville. It continued the fight in the Petersburg siege north of the James River and later around Appomattox. The regiment totaled 441 men in April, 1862, and lost 108 during Seven Days' Battles. It sustained 54 casualties at Second Manassas, 36 during the Maryland Campaign, and forty percent of the 368 engaged at Gettysburg. From April 14, to May 6, there were 73 disabled, and from August 1 to December 31, 1864, it lost 50 killed and wounded. At the surrender, 20 officers and 226 men were present. The field officers were Colonels Dudley M. DuBose, William M. McIntosh, William T. Millican, and Thomas W. Thomas; Lieutenant Colonels Stephen Z. Hearnsberger, Peter J. Shannon, T.J. Smith, and Linton Stephens; and Major Joseph T. Smith.

From the collection of the late William Turner.  [jet/ld] [ph:L]

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