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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1838

Vol. I

(Born Va.)

Alexander W. Reynolds

(Ap'd Va.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1833, to July 1, 1838, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1838.

Served: in the Florida War, 1838‑40, being Adjutant, 1st Infantry,

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, June 11, 1839)

Oct. 19, 1839, to Mar. 1, 1840; in garrison at Bedloe's Island, N. Y., 1840; in the Florida War, 1840‑41; on frontier duty at Ft. Atkinson, Io., 1841‑42, 1843‑44, — and Ft. Crawford, Wis., 1844‑45; in garrison at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., 1845‑46; on Recruiting service, 1846‑47;

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Aug. 5, 1847)

and on Quartermaster duty at Philadelphia, Pa., 1847‑48, — in the War with Mexico, 1848, — Conveying trains to Fts. Washita and Towson, I. T.,

(Captain, 1st Infantry, Mar. 15, 1848: Vacated, Mar. 15, 1848)

1848, — Santa Fé, N. M., 1849‑52, — and settling his accounts at Washington, D. C., 1852‑55.

Dismissed, Oct. 8, 1855, under Sec. 3 of Law of Jan. 31, 1823.​a

Re-appointed in the United States Army, with his former rank of

Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Aug. 5, 1847.

Served: on Quartermaster duty at Ft. Snelling, Min., 1858, — Philadelphia, Pa., 1858‑59, — Indianola, Tex., 1859, — Washington, D. C., 1859, — Indianola, Tex., 1859‑60, — and San Antonio, Tex., 1860‑61.

Dropped, Oct. 4, 1861, "Having for Several Months Absented Himself from Duty, and having Failed to Report."

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States.​b

Civil History. — Unknown, 1866‑70. Colonel of Staff, in the Egyptian Army, Apr. 21, 1870, to May 26, 1876.

Died, May 26, 1876, at Alexandria, Egypt: Aged 60.

Burial location uncertain.​c

Thayer's Notes:

a Requiring that disbursing officers failing to render their accounts for settlement in due time be promptly reported to the President of the United States and dismissed from the public service. The large sum of missing money which had caused the problem was later found and Reynolds was exonerated, whence his restoration to the Army with his former rank.

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b As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he rose to the rank of Brigadier-General and fought at Vicksburg and Chattanooga. A good summary of his Confederate and subsequent career, with a photograph of him in Egyptian uniform, is given at Soldiers of the Queen.

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c According to the same page at Soldiers of the Queen, either an unmarked grave in Alexandria, VA or in the Patton Tomb in the Old Stone Presbyterian Churchyard, Lewisburg, WV.

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