Gilbert H. Reynolds Papers

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Gilbert H. Reynolds Papers
Creator: Reynolds, Gilbert H., 1832-1913
Call Number: D.200
Dates: 1854-1913
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Gilbert H. Reynolds Papers
Creator: Reynolds, Gilbert H., 1832-1913
Call Number: D.200
Dates: 1854-1913
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Gilbert H. Reynolds (1832-1913) was born in New York City and moved to Rochester, New York, with his parents at the age of eighteen. A member of the New York State militia in the 1850s, Reynolds volunteered with his brother and others in Rochester to form Battery L, First Regiment New York Light Artillery, in 1861. In Albany, the "Reynolds' Battery" joined a six gun battery made up of about 150 men, and proceeded to Baltimore for equipage and drilling. Beginning in May, 1862, the battery saw action at Harper's Ferry, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. Gilbert H. Reynolds assumed command of the company shortly before the fight at Gettysburg in July, 1863, and was seriously wounded there, obliging him to leave the battery that summer. He returned to live and work with his family in Rochester, and was active in the G.A.R. there until his death almost fifty years later.

Scope and Content
The Gilbert H. Reynolds Papers contain documents and letters from his years in the state militia and during and after the Civil War. There are five letters by and to him and his family describing engagements with Confederate troops and artillery, including reports from the battlefields of Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. Two later letters to Reynolds by Frederick Douglass and Theodore Roosevelt are both indexed. The collection also includes newspapers clippings, a short memorial account of his service by his comrades on the fiftieth anniversary of Gettysburg, and a piece of the shirt worn by Reynolds at the battle, said to be cut by shrapnel.

Subject(s):
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Correspondence
Reynolds, Gilbert H., 1832-1913
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. J. Gerard O'Brian, January 16, 1984Access
The Gilbert H. Reynolds Papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Gilbert H. Reynolds Papers, D.200, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1New York State militia warrants, 1854-1861
Box 1, Folder 2Letter, Gilbert H. Reynolds to Wife, August 24, 1862
6 pages

Box 1, Folder 3Letter, John A. Reynolds to C.S. Wainwright, December 17, 1862
3 pages

Box 1, Folder 4Letter, George Breck to Alfred Reynolds, July 2, 1863
7 pages

Box 1, Folder 5Letter, Gilbert H. Reynolds to Wife, Summer 1863
Box 1, Folder 6Letter, Webster Eaton to Gilbert H. Reynolds, June 1, 1864
2 pages

Box 1, Folder 7Union Army orders, muster-in rolls, passes, etc., 1861-1863
Box 1, Folder 8Letter, Frederick Douglass to Gilbert H. Reynolds, November 2, 1872
1 page

Box 1, Folder 9Letter, Theodore Roosevelt to Gilbert H. Reynolds, November 16, 1898
1 page

Box 1, Folder 10Union Army uniform scrap / 1893 Chicago World's Fair ribbon
Box 1, Folder 11Civilian life documents, including memoir of Reynolds, 1858-1913
Box 1, Folder 12Newspaper clippings, 1920s-1970s
Box 1, Folder 13Miscellaneous envelopes


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