William and Harvey Reid letters
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William and Harvey Reid letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Reid, Harvey, 1842-1910.
Creator: Reid, William A., 1846-1916.
Title: William and Harvey Reid letters
Dates: 1863-1864
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1126

Biographical/Historical Note

William and Harvey Reid were cousins.

William Allen Reid (1846-1916) was born in Skaneteles, New York. He was a corporal in Captain F.P. Lawrence's Company F of the 39th Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War. He was discharged from service on September 22, 1864 by reason of the expiration of his term of service. His discharge papers refer to his occupation as an engineer. He died in Racine, Wisconsin.

Harvey Reid (1842-1910) was the son of William Harvey Reid and Margaret McLanney; he was born in Argyle County, New York. He enlisted in the 22nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry on August 7, 1862, and was discharge on June 29, 1865. He was taken prisoner at Brentwood, Tennessee, on March 28, 1863, and was sent to Libby Prison. He was paroled from there on April 23, 1863. He participated in Sherman's Campaign on the March to Atlanta and also on the March to the Sea and Washington.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of correspondence between William A. Reid and his cousin, Harvey Reid. The letters, written between 1863 and 1864, give a first-hand account of what the Civil War was like for two young men from the North.

The letters are in a typed manuscript format, as the originals were kept by William Reid's daughter.

Index Terms

Letters (correspondence)
Reid, Harvey, 1842-1910.
Reid, William A., 1846-1916.
Sherman's March to the Sea.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.
United States. Army. Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 22nd (1862-1865)

Location of Originals

Original letters in the possession of Ruth M. Neinast in 1958.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from daughter of one of the creators.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Harvey Reid letters, MS 1126, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ruth M. Neinast, 1958.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Correspondence between William A. Reid and Harvey Reid, 1863-1864 ( 22.0 p. )