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 Reece Woolfe

Reece Woolfe

Birth
Wood County, West Virginia, USA
Death 3 Sep 1863 (aged 48)
Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Burial Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA
Plot Memorial Section, row A, space 4
Memorial ID 105072434 · View Source
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Reece Woolfe was born 6 Apr 1815 in Wood County, Virginia (now West Virginia) to Joel and Jane Dutton Woolfe. Reece married Susan Catherine Miller 26 October 1843. They lived for a time in Highland County, Ohio, finally settling in Union, Wayne County, Iowa. To this union were born at least seven children, five boys and two girls.

In 1862 when the call came for more soldiers for the Civil War, Reece answered the call. The enlistment requirements were changed during this time, allowing for men from 47 to 60 to join. Reece joined the 37th Iowa Infantry on 22 October 1862 at the age of 47. These older enlisties were refered to as "Greybeards". The "Greybeards" of "K" company, the company that Reece was attached to, were mustered on 12 November 1862.

Reece's unit was sent to Alton, Illinois and assigned to guard Confederate soldiers there. While stationed at Alton Prison, Reece contracted small pox and died 3 September 1863 at Alton, Illinois.

Thanks to the wonderful members of Jefferson Barracks, Reece Woolfe finally received a memorial marker in March of 2013.


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  • Created by: Liz
  • Added: 12 Feb 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 105072434
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Reece Woolfe (6 Apr 1815–3 Sep 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 105072434, citing Alton National Cemetery, Alton, Madison County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Liz (contributor 47782394) .