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Bradley Dennis Garden Reid

Obituary of George H. Reid, Bishopville, South Carolina.

After a brief illness, George H. Reid died at his home in Bishopville, S. C., on May 6, 1922, in his eighty-third year. He was born in Sumter (now Lee) County, S. C., February 7, 1840, the son of Rev. William Moultrie and Margaret Goulding Reid. His father was for forty years pastor of the Mt. Zion Church of that county, and the son was a deacon for forty years and organist for thirty years in the Bishopville Presbyterian Church.

The following is taken from Volume V of the "Confederate Military History" in regard to his Confederate service:

"George H. Reid was educated in the schools of his native county and attended a private school in Charleston, S. C., for two years. He enlisted April 8, 1861, in the Chicora Guards, the first company organized in Sumter County, and with that company went to Charleston and served there some six weeks. He was taken sick there and sent home, where he remained until the fall of 1861, when he joined Company K, 9th South Carolina Infantry, with which he served until 1862. When the army was reorganized, he selected the artillery branch of the service and, returning to South Carolina, joined the Palmetto Battery of Light Artillery, commanded by Capt. Hugh R. Garden. With this command he served the remainder of the war, participating in the battles of Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Mine Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Cold Harbor, the siege of Petersburg, Battle of the Crater, Fort Harrison, and surrendered at Appomatox."

After the surrender he returned to Sumter County and followed farming as his life occupation. He was twice married, first to Miss Line E. Dennis, of Bishopville, who left two sons; the second marriage was to Miss Mary E. Bradley, of Bishopville, who survivies him with two daughters.

An interesting article was contributed to the VETERAN by Comrade Reid in November, 1920, in regard to his service for the COnfederacy, and at the time he was the lone survivor of the ten sons of preachers who served throughout the war in Captain Garden's battery. Four brothers of Comrade Reid also went through the war and surrendered at Appomattox.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, September, 1922.

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