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Reuben Oscar Reynolds Papers

Identifier: W-0163

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The documents in this collection (mostly photocopies) describe the military service of Reuben Oscar Reynolds of the Eleventh Mississippi Infantry Regiment. One interesting item is his telegram to Mrs. E. A. Reynolds in Columbus, Mississippi, on May 21, 1864. The message is short and meant to reassure her of his well-being. It states "I am safe. Capt. Halliday [sic] is killed." He is referring to the battle of the Wilderness of Spotsylvania, Virginia, which occurred on May 5-7, 1864, and to Captain Thomas C. Holliday.


  • 1861-1887


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Biographical / Historical

Reuben Oscar Reynolds, son of Reuben Young and Jane A. Pinkard Smith Reynolds, was born in Columbia County, Georgia, on October 9, 1832. He was a graduate of the University of Georgia and University of Virginia (law school). After law school he set up his practice in Aberdeen, Mississippi. He married Mary (Mollie) Branch English on February 20, 1855. She died on March 5, 1857.

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Reynolds joined the Eleventh Mississippi Infantry as a first lieutenant in the "Van Dorn Reserves." He was promoted several times, rising to the rank of colonel, and was wounded four times, the last at Hawke's Farm (Virginia?) on March 25, 1865. He was captured nine days later while in the hospital in Richmond, Virginia, recovering after having his right arm amputated.

At some point in 1865, he married Sarah Banks Young. The couple had six children: (1) George; (2) Reuben (Ruben) Oscar; (3) Hamelton; (4) Janie; (5) Beverly; and (6) Sallie.

Reynolds served as the Supreme Court Reporter in 1866, was elected to the Mississippi Senate in 1875. He died in Aberdeen, Mississippi, on September 4, 1887.


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Correspondence and records of military service (photocopies) of Reuben O. Reynolds of the Eleventh Mississippi Infantry Regiment.

Physical Location

A. S. Williams III Americana Collection, Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, The University of Alabama


gift of A. S. Williams III, 2010


Title on box: A. S. Williams III Americana Collection - Small Collections


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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266