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Reed, Marcus L. (Marquis de Lafayette)


Age: 25, credited to St. Johnsbury, VT
Unit(s): 17th VT INF
Service: enl 2/24/64, m/i 4/12/64, 4SGT, Co. G, 17th VT INF, wdd, Spotsylvania, 5/12/64, m/o 7/14/65

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Birth: 02/05/1839, Kirby, VT
Death: 08/07/1912

Burial: Grove Cemetery, St. Johnsbury, VT
Marker/Plot: 335
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dan Taylor
Findagrave Memorial #: 75868380


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


Great Grandfather of Elizabeth Reed Stevens, Epping, NH

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Reed, Marcus L., of West Concord, son of Samuel S. and Louisa (Joslin) Reed, was born in Kirby, Feb. 5, 1839.

Mr. Reed received an excellent common school education in Kirby and Concord, to which town his father removed when Marcus was seventeen years old. As soon as he arrived at his majority he went to Burlington, where his brother was extensively engaged in business pursuits. Here he remained a short period and then returned to engage in the shoe trade.

Thinking that his country had need of all her sons, he enlisted, Feb. 24, 1864, in Co. G, 17th Regt. Vt. Vols., which suffered heavier losses for its time of service than any other organization that left the Green Mountain state, and in its ranks fought in the fierce struggle of the Wilderness, and at Spotsylvania, where he was wounded. Sent to Washington, he soon returned to the front, only to be stricken down by sickness while in camp at the Weldon R. R. Again he was transferred to Washington and detailed to take charge of the ordnance and knapsack room of Harewood Hospital, Washington, D. C., which duty he performed till his discharge as acting orderly in July, 1865.

Mr. Reed was married at Concord, Sept. 13, 1866, to Emily C., daughter of Theophilus and Hannah Chick Grout. They have two children: William Livingston, and George W.

When he returned from the South he moved to Granby, where he occupied himself in farming till 1878, when he removed to West Concord and from thence in 1886 to the excellent farm he now occupies.

While residing in Granby Mr. Reed was elected to all local offices, and represented that town in 1869 and 1870. In 1892 he was a member of the Legislature from Concord. He is an excellent presiding officer, a man of dignified yet genial manners and of excellent judgment.

For thirty years he has belonged to the Masonic brotherhood. Four terms he has served as worshipful master of Moose River Lodge of West Concord and he is a Sir Knight of Palestine Commandery. After his return from the war he also became a member of Woodbury Post, GAR

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, p. 335.



Marcus L. Reed passed away at the home of his son, William L. Reed, Wednesday afternoon, August 7. Mr. Reed has been in failing health for several months, but only confined to bed a few days before his death, which was caused from complications of disease. Mr. Reed was born in Kerby, Feb. 5, 1839. His parents were Samuel and Louisa (Joslin) Reed. He was the last of a family of eight children. His life has been in the towns of Kirby, Granby, and Concord. In 1866 he was married to Emily Grout, and to them were born two sons, William L., and George W., who died Nov. 10.

Mr. Reed enlisted in Co. G., 17th Vermont Volunteers. He was engaged in the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and received a wound in his right hand at the battle of Cold Harbor. He was a member of Woodbury Post G. A. R., Moose River Lodge, No. 82, F. & A, M., and Palestine Commandery, K. T. He was a Worshipful Master of Moose River Lodge four years, having held the office the longest term of any master. He has held most of the town offices, serving several years as selectman. As school director, and road commissioner. Had he lived until until September he would have completed his tenth year on the R. F. D. No. 1. In the year 1869 he was chosen by the voters of Granby to represent them in the state Legislature, and in 1892 the citizens of Concord voted him as their representative, to the same body.

He is survived by his wife and son, and four grandchildren, Helen, Alice, Ralph and Howard.

In Mr. Reeds death the town loses a good citizen. Always genial, and pleasant. He was a special friend to children. All found him courteous and upright in his business associations. .

The funeral was held from the Universalist Church, Friday, at 1:30, Woodbury G. A. R, Moose River Lodge, F. & A. M., and Palestine Commandery, K. T. attended in a body, Rev. A. M. Smith was the officiating clergyman. Three selections were sung by Miss Louisa, Chapman, Mrs. C. F. Cutting, and H. J. Daniels.

The floral tributes testified to the esteem which Mr. Reed was held, and prominent among them was a broken circle, presented by patrons of the R. F. D. Route. Places of business were closed during the service. The bearers were, William Pratt, William Lindsey, E. D. Lee, A. J. Lyon, William Houston, and H. B. Douse. Interment was at Grove Cemetery, East St. Johnsbury, where he was laid to rest by Masonic Service. Those called from away to attend the funeral were, Mr & Mrs Sherman, St. Johnsbury, Nathaniel Reed, Waterford, Mr. & Mrs. W. T. Reed, Kirby, W, O. Rocheleau and Charles Woodbury, of St. Johnsbury.
The Caledonian, August 14, 1912

Courtesy of Deanna French

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