9th Mass Light Artillery
Medal of Honor
He received the above Medal of Honor
for his action on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
He "Rescued his wounded captain from between the lines."
Charles Wellington Reed, Bugler
- Born: April 1, 1841 Charlestown (Now Boston) Mass.
- Enlistment: August 2, 1862 Boston Mass. (Malden
- Occupation before the War: Student of Art
- Occupation after the War: Artist, Illustration and
- Works of Note: Illustrated Hardtack and Coffee by
John D Billings and The History of the 9th Massachusetts Battery by Levi W. Baker.
Sketches appear in My Dear Wife - The Civil War letters of David Brett, Union Cannoneer
edited by Frank P. Deane.
- Reed's Letters and sketchbooks are at the
- Physical Appearance: 5' 11" slim build,
fair complexion, light brown hair and Blue eyes.
- Marriage: December 29, 1869 to Rebecca Francis
- Wounds: Broken Wrist, Saber wound to the right
hand, near the base of the thumb. Spherical shot to the right shoulder.
- Congressional Medal of Honor: Awarded April 27,
- "Most distinguished Gallantry at the battle
of Gettysburg Pa. July 2, 1863, where he rescued his wounded captain from between enemy
lines." taken from the Medal of Honor Certificate.
- In a Mass. Volunteer Battery Unit, Reed only had
the Rank of Private and The pay of 13.00 a month. This was lower than other unit Buglers
in other units and in other Branches of the military. A point Reed contested but never
won. To supplement his pay, he sold Lithographs made from his war time sketches.
Book now released:
- Buried: Farwell family plot, plot #1995 Mount
Auburn Cemetery Cambridge Massachusetts
"A Grand Terrible
Drama:' From Gettysburg to Petersburg, The Civil War Letters of Charles
Wellington Reed." by Eric A. Campbell. Historian for the Gettysburg national
park service. It will have never before published sketches from Reed.
Available from Barnes and Noble