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John Fulton Reynolds
Birth: Sep. 20, 1820
Lancaster
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 1, 1863
Gettysburg
Adams County
Pennsylvania, USA

Civil War Union Major General. One of the top Union Generals in the Civil War. Rose from commanding a brigade to commander for the Army of the Potomac's I Corps. Fought in Battles of Second Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He was offered command of the Army of the Potomac in June 1863 when Gen. Joseph Hooker resigned, but he turned down the offer because he thought he would not be given a free hand in directing Army operations. He then willingly subordinated himself to George Meade, who was given command of the Army and was junior in rank to Reynolds. He directed the left wing of the Army as it approached Gettysburg to support Gen. John Buford's hard-pressed cavalry troopers. While posting elements of the famed "Iron Brigade" he was shot and instantly killed in a Confederate volley, thus making him both the first and the highest ranking General to die in the engagement. (bio by: Russ) 
 
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 Parents:
  John Reynolds (1787 - 1853)
  Lydia Moore Reynolds (1782 - 1857)
 
 Siblings:
  Samuel Moore Reynolds (1814 - 1888)*
  William Reynolds (1815 - 1879)*
  Lydia Moore Reynolds Evans (1818 - 1896)*
  John Fulton Reynolds (1820 - 1863)
  James Lefevre Reynolds (1822 - 1880)**
  Catharine Ferree Reynolds Landis (1825 - 1905)*
  Eleanor Reynolds (1835 - 1923)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Lancaster Cemetery
Lancaster
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: 590
GPS (lat/lon): 40.04527, -76.30152
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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John Fulton Reynolds
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John Fulton Reynolds
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John Fulton Reynolds
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For the history buffs: a tad bit more info ::Father was Samuel John Firee Lefevre Rey nolds.Mother was Lydia Fulton MooreThe statue of John Fulton on horseback stands outside Phila Pa City Hall on north side. Admired it since I first came to Philly :: n...(Read more)
- Beverly Reynolds
 Added: Aug. 17, 2017
Just finished an article titled "The Girl He Left Behind" How touching to read General. Wonderful to know that you had a love in your life among all the trials of war. Like to think that you and Kate are one now.
- judith scully
 Added: Aug. 4, 2017
Rest in peace, General. Once again, I visited Gettysburg this year. It continues to call me back. I found your name inscribed on the PA state memorial, and also my great grandfather. The Union lost one of its best when you fell. Thank you for your gallant...(Read more)
- Sharon
 Added: Jul. 4, 2017
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