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Reynolds Family Papers - Digital Collection

Welcome to the Reynolds Family Papers Digital Collection. This collection features the digitized corresondence of brothers William and John Fulton Reynolds of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Newly transcribed military orders and war dispatches of John Fulton Reynolds are also featured, in addition to genealogical and biographical material relating to the Reynolds family.

Older brother William Reynolds served as a naval officer on the U.S. Exploring Expedition from 1838-1842, and was one of the first North Americans to view Antarctica. His younger brother, John Fulton Reynolds, had a distinguished if not abbreviated military career, serving in both the Mexican War and the American Civil War. He was killed on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1, 1863.

William Reynolds as a young officer

William Reynolds (1815-1879)

William Reynolds Letters, 1834-1838
Letters from William Reynolds to sister Lydia Moore Reynolds dated 1834 to 1838, prior to his departure with the U.S. Exploring Expedition.

1834-1838 Letter Transcriptions

(1838-1842 U.S. Exploring Expedition letters available transcribed in print in Voyage to the Southern Ocean by Anne Hoffman Cleaver and E. Jeffrey Stann).

1824-1877 Selected Letter Transcriptions
Primarily letters between William Reynolds and father John Reynolds dating 1824-1845 and between William Reynolds and sisters Harriot, Eleanor and brother James, 1853-1877.

John Fulton Reynolds, 1862

JFR Equestrian Monument, Gettysburg National Military Park

John Fulton Reynolds (1820-1863)

Eleanor Reynolds Scrapbook, 1849-1863
Scrapbook of letters home from John Fulton Reynolds dated 1849 to 1863, compiled by younger sister Eleanor Reynolds.

Eleanor Reynolds Scrapbook Transcriptions


Military Orders and Correspondence, 1847-1863
Military orders and correspondence to and from John Fulton Reynolds, 1847-1863.

Military Orders and Correspondence Transcriptions


Military Orders and War Dispatches, 1862
Union military dispatches to and from John Fulton Reynolds, 1862.

Military Orders and War Dispatches Transcriptions

William Reynolds Biographical Timeline and Additional Resources

John F. Reynolds Biographical Timeline and Additional Resources

Finding aid for the Reynolds Family Papers - MS6

Reynolds Family Genealogy (pdf)

John F. Reynolds PA Historical Marker


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This site was created with the support of a 2002 NETShare grant award. The award program is an extention of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and is administered in Pennsylvania through the Department of Education, Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

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