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Photo Essay: Saluting Private Reed

“We represent the only black unit from Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin that actually fought in the Civil War. We know that this American hero laid in an unmarked grave for over 100 years. That is why we are here, to finally give Private Reed the long overdue military honors he deserved as an American fighting man.”

– Ricky Townsell

Private William Reed of Company F, 29th Infantry Regiment of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) is one of only two Colored Union soldiers buried at Forest Home Cemetery. A memorial headstone was finally installed at his unmarked grave on May 30, funded by members of his company’s re-enactment group.

Read the news feature that was produced as a companion for this photo essay.

About The Author

Lee Matz

Former Creative Director and Photojournalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal, Lee brings his years of international experience as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe, with a background in publishing, advertising, and design, to the Milwaukee Independent. His list of awards include three consecutive top honors from the Milwaukee Press Club. Lee proudly uses MCTS as his exclusive mode of transportation, other than walking, for all the news stories he reports about in Milwaukee.

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