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Alexander Welch Reynolds Letter, 1861 (Ms2008-030)

 Digital Record
Identifier: Ms2008-030


  • 1861


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Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Alexander Welch Reynolds Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Information

Alexander Welch Reynolds was born in Clarke County, Virginia in 1817 and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1838. He served in the United States Army until Virginia seceded from the Union in early 1861. During the Civil War, he served as a Colonel in the 50th Virginia and of four Tennessee regiments, successively. In 1863 he was promoted to brigadier general and commanded the 54th and 63rd Virginia, 58th and 60th North Carolina attached to Major General Carter L. Stevenson's Division, Hardee's Corps. He served in this capacity until he was wounded at New Hope Church in 1864 during the Atlanta campaign. Post-war, Reynolds served as a brigadier general in the army of the Khedive of Egypt until his death in 1876.

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Acquisition Information

The Alexander Welch Reynolds Letter was purchased by Special Collections in 2004.

General Physical Description note

1 container; 0.1 cu. ft.


Letter of future Confederate Army Brigadier General, Alexander Welch Reynolds, dated July 13, 1861 from Wytheville, Virginia and addressed to his sister in Lewisburg, Virginia.


The letter of Alexander Welch Reynolds, written from Wytheville, Virginia to his sister in Lewisburg, Virginia, is dated July 13, 1861, just three days after he was commissioned colonel of the 50th Virginia Infantry. He writes that he has been organizing his regiment and invites his nephew to join his command. Reynolds predicts that the Union Army will be a formidable foe--a minority opinion at the time--and states that he deplores the necessity of the war, though he feels it necessary to take up arms in defense of country and home.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
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Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US