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Josiah Reese (1832-1911)

Updated: Jan 22, 2021

Josiah Reese, my maternal 3rd great-grandfather, was a veteran of the Civil War. He fought for the Union in the 203rd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, Company D.

The 203rd organized at Philadelphia on the 10th of September, 1864, and went from there to Petersburg, Virginia. October 27-28 they were in the Battle of Fair Oaks. They performed siege operations against Richmond until December 7th, and then went on an expedition to Fort Fisher, North Carolina until December 27th. On January 15th of 1865 they assaulted and captured Fort Fisher and then advanced to Wilmington February 11th and captured it February 22nd. They advanced on Goldsboro March 6th through 21st and guarded the railroad at Faison’s Depot from March 21st to April 10th. From April 10th they advanced on Raleigh, occupying it on April 14th. They were at Bennett’s House April 26th and at the Surrender of Johnston and his army. They finished off their duty at Raleigh until they mustered out on the 22nd of June, 1865.

For more information about Josiah Reese, see the Reese page.


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