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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Axel Hayford Reed

  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company K,
    2d Minnesota Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 15, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Chickamauga & Missionary Ridge, Georgia & Tennessee, USA
While in arrest at Chickamagua, Ga., left his place in the rear and voluntarily went to the line of battle, secured a rifle, and fought gallantly during the two-day battle; was released from arrest in recognition of his bravery. At Missionary Ridge Reed commanded his company and gallantly led it, being among the first to enter the enemy's works; was severely wounded, losing an arm, but declined a discharge and remained in active service to the end of the war.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Glencoe, McLeod County, Minnesota
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 2, 1898
  • Born: March 13, 1835, Hartford, Oxford County, ME, United States
  • Died: January 21, 1917, Glencoe, MN, United States
  • Buried: Mount Auburn Cemetery (MH) (3-158) , Glencoe, MN, United States

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