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Josiah Reed Diary, Letter, and Sermon

Identifier: MS-3315

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This collection houses a diary, a letter, and a sermon documenting the life of Josiah Reed. The diary consists of notes from Reed's medical training in addition to some discussion of his work as a medic with the 94th Ohio Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The letter, dated December 19, 1868, is addressed to the paymaster general and inquires about a bounty that Reed believes he is entitled to due to his military service. Finally, the collection includes a sermon discussing Reed's life that J. P. Watson delivered at Reed's burial.


  • 1863-1868, 1884

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection houses a diary documenting Josiah Reed's service in the Civil War, a letter requesting an additional bounty for his service, and a sermon that was delivered at his burial.

Biographical/Historical Note

Josiah Reed was born to Samuel C. and Catharine (Browning) Reed on September 8, 1831. During the Civil War, he served with Company I of the 94th Ohio Infantry regiment and saw duty in Middle and East Tennessee (including the battles of Stones River and Chattanooga). He also developed a keen interest in medicine during the war: after being wounded at the battle of Stones River, he was sent to a hospital in Nashville, where he worked to learn the hospital's operations and pursued a formal course of medical study. After the war, Reed studied medicine at the University of Nashville and at Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York City. After graduating in 1866, he returned to Ohio to practice medicine. He married Elizabeth (Freeman) Woodard in 1867, and the couple had four children: Gertrude Woodard, Mary Blanche, Minnie Pearl, and Robert Browning. Josiah Reed died of stomach cancer in Troy, Ohio on February 7, 1884.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The University of Tennessee Libraries, Knoxville, Special Collections purchased this collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA