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A.T. McReynolds

A.T. McReynolds

Federal (USV)


Andrew Thomas McReynolds

(1808 - 1898)

Home State: Michigan

Command Billet: Brigade Commander

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 4th Brigade, Cavalry Division

Before Antietam

"He was born in Dungannon, Tyrone County, Ireland, on Christmas Day, in 1808. He came to America in 1830, to Detroit in 1833 ... He began the practice of law at Detroit in 1840, and that has been his life profession ... in 1847 [he] recruited Company K of the Third U. S. Dragoons, served with it in Mexico [1847-48] as Captain, winning honorable distinction, and was brevetted Major."

[He went to] Grand Rapids in 1859. He was prominent as an organizer and as an officer in the Territorial and State military affairs; and has served with credit and honor in many important civil positions.

The Lincoln [First New York] Cavalry, Col. ANDREW T. McREYNOLDS, took their departure yesterday for Washington, going by the Camden and Amboy route. The rumor, an unauthorized one, that the regiment was to have a presentation of regimental colors by Mrs. President LINCOLN, raised the hopes of the men somewhat, but they finally concluded to wait for the realization of their hopes until they reach Washington...
- New York Times for Wednesday, 27 August 1861, pg. 1

On the Campaign

He commanded the 4th Brigade, Cavalry Division in Maryland as senior Colonel.

The rest of the War

He mustered out on 15 June 1864.

After the War

He was US Attorney for the western district of Michigan, and in 1874 was elected prosecuting attorney of Muskegon County. He lived in Grand Rapids and Muskegon until his death at ninety years of age.

References & notes

Text above quoted from: Baxter, Albert, History of the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Chapter LII (52), New York and Grand Rapids, Munsell & Company, 1891 (transcription online). Additional bio detail from Historical Collections (1908) of the Michigan State Historical Society, also online from Google Books.

His gravesite is on Findagrave. The photo above is from Beach1


12/25/1808; Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland


11/26/1898; Muskegon, MI; burial in Fulton Street Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MI


1   Beach, William Harrison, The First New York (Lincoln) Cavalry from April 19, 1861, to July 7, 1865, New York: Lincoln Cavalry Association, 1902, pg. 8  [AotW citation 870]