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J.A. Reynolds

J.A. Reynolds

Federal (USV)


John A Reynolds

(1830 - 1921)

Home State: New York

Command Billet: Battery Commander

Branch of Service: Artillery

Unit: 1st New York Light Artillery, Battery L

Before Antietam

The orginal Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery, was raised by John A. Reynolds of Rochester, New York, in September of 1861.

On the Campaign

In command of Battery L, New York Light Artillery, part of the 1st Division of I Corps' Artillery.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major on 13 March 1863, and eventually became Colonel and Chief of Artillery of the 20th Corps under Major General William Sherman. When he left the Battery, his brother Gilbert succeeded him as Captain, serving as such until 1 July 1863, when he was wounded at Gettysburg.

After the War

He was elected Dept of NY Commander of the GAR (veterans) in 1883.

References & notes

Photo above from a CDV in the Scott D. Hann Collection; kindly scanned and provided by Scott. See more about the picture, Reynolds, and the Battery over on the blog behindAOTW.


10/4/1830; New York City, NY


4/30/1921; Fairport, NY