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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.

About The Author

Lee Matz

Former Creative Director and Photojournalist for the Milwaukee Business Journal, Lee brings his years of international experience as an award-winning foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe. Lee proudly uses MCTS as the exclusive mode of transportation for covering all his news reports.