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John Fulton Reynolds Biographical Timeline

John Fulton Reynolds. (1820-1863)

1841: graduated from U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; commissioned Lieutenant, Third U.S. Artillery.
1846: promoted to First Lieutenant; served under Gen. Zachary Taylor in the war with Mexico; breveted Captain after Battle of Monterey.
1847: breveted Major for special gallantry after Battle of Buena Vista.
1858: served in the Utah Expedition under Albert Sidney Johnston.
1860: assigned to U.S. Military Academy; served as Commandant of Cadets.
1861: commissioned as Lieutenant Colonel of 14th Infantry; appointed Brigadier-General and assumed command of First Brigade, Pennsylvania Reserves.
1862: appointed Military Governor of Fredericksburg, VA; captured by Confederate Army and held in Libby Prison; after prisoner exchange appointed Major General and given command of First Corps of the Army of the Potomac.
1863 July 1: killed on first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, PA

Additional Resources

Additional Resources for John Fulton Reynolds

Anderson, Kalina K. "The Girl He Left Behind." America's Civil War 12:3 (July 1999):49-53.

Hintz, Kalina Ingham. "'Dinna Forget': The Gettysburg Monuments to General John F. Reynolds." The Gettysburg Magazine 31 (July 2004):88-111.

Hintz, Kalina Ingham. "My Life as a Military Cadet Here." The Gettysburg Magazine25 (July 2001):23-39.

Hintz, Kalina Ingham. "When the General Fell: The Monumental Death of John F. Reynolds." Blue & Gray Magazine, Gettysburg 22 (Spring 2005): 2, 24-28.

Hoffsomer, Robert D., ed. "Sergeant Charles Veil's Memoir on the Death of Reynolds." Civil War Times Illustrated 21:4 (August 1982):16-25.

Keller, Oliver J. "Soldier General of the Army: John Fulton Reynolds." Civil War History 4:2 (June 1958)119-128.

Longacre, Edward G. "John F. Reynolds, General."Civil War Times Illustrated 2:5 (October 1972):35-43.

McCoy, Thomas F. "Recollections of General Reynolds" in Annals of the War(Philadelphia, 1879),pp. 384-391.

Nichols, Edward J. Toward Gettysburg: A Biography of General John F. Reynolds. University Park, PA: Penn State University Press, 1958.
The most complete and definitive biography of Maj. General John Fulton Reynolds yet written.

Riley, Michael A. For God's Sake, Forward: General John F. Reynolds, USA. Gettysburg, PA: Farnsworth House Military Impressions, 1995.
Brief biography of John Fulton Reynolds.

Rosengarten, J.G. William Reynolds, Rear-Admiral U. S. N. John Fulton Reynolds, major-general U. S. V., colonel Fifth U. S. infantry. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1880.
Nineteenth century abbreviated biography of William and John Fulton Reynolds.

Watson, Diane E. Reynolds: The Last Six Miles. Gettysburg: Americana Souvenirs and Gifts, 1999.
Details the "final hours" of General John F. Reynolds.