John Reynolds

 

Bio:

Born: September 20, 1820 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Died: July 1, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Political Party: Democratic*

Religion: Protestant (Christian)

Wife: Katherine Hewitt

Allegiance: United States (Union)

Highest Rank: Major General

Other: Reynolds was one of the generals killed in action at the battle of Gettysburg.

Involvement in the Civil War:

General Reynolds was a great general but he died in battle before the war was over. Reynolds like many other generals in the Civil War had previously fought in the Mexican-American War which gave him more credit and experience for a position in the Union Army. Reynolds started off as the lieutenant colonel of the 14th U.S Infantry, but before Reynolds assumed command of the unit he was promoted to brigadier general on August 20, 1861. During the Battle of Seven Days (his first engagement) Reynolds men had been under constant attack, one night Reynolds thought he was in relative safety and fell asleep as his men were retreating. He was captured and by Confederate troops and sent to Richmond (Libby Prison). Shortly after on August 15, 1862 Renyolds was released in exchange for Confederate General Lloyd Tilgham. Reynolds returned to the army and fought bravely at the second battle of Bull Run in August 1862. He would then go on to fight in several battles across the Eastern theater, after the battle of Chancellorsville Reynolds was promoted to Major General (November 28, 1862) The last battle that Reynolds had fought in was Gettysburg, while commanding the left wing of the Army of the Potomac Reynolds was shot and killed. Although his death is not exact it is believe a confederate sharpshooter had killed him. He died on July 1, 1863 at the spot he was shot, days later the most important and costly battle of the Civil War was going to be fought.

Engagements (Civil War):

- Seven Days Battle

- Second Battle of Bull Run

- Battle of Fredericksburg

- Battle of Chancellorsville

- Battle of Gettysburg (killed)

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