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Brigadier General Daniel Harris Reynolds

Birthplace: Centerburg, Knox County, Ohio, United States
Death: March 14, 1902 (69)
Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas, United States
Place of Burial: Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Amos Reynolds and Sophia Reynolds
Husband of Annie Franklin and Martha Jane Reynolds
Father of Richard William Reynolds; Kate Hill; Ruth Bull; Lieut Robert Wallace Reynolds; Eleanor Reynolds and 1 other
Brother of James H Reynolds; Dr Sylvester Spencer Reynolds; Sarah Ann Webster; Capt James E. Reynolds, CSA; Barbary Reynolds and 4 others

Occupation: Attorney
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About Brig. General Daniel H. Reynolds (CSA)

Brigadier General Daniel Harris Reynolds was born in Centrebury, Knox county, Ohio, December 24, 1826. He was educated at the Ohio Wesleyan university, settled in Somerville, Fayette county, Tenn., in 1856, and was admitted to the bar in 1858. In May of the latter year he moved to Arkansas and settled at Lake Village, Chicot county.

Although a Northerner by birth, he was all Southern in sentiment. There were many others like him in the South. When Arkansas was about to secede from the Union, he raised a company for Confederate service and was elected its captain May 25, 1861, receiving his commission from the Confederate government on June 14th of the same year. This company was attached to the First Arkansas mounted rifles under Col. T. J. Churchill, and shared in the battle of Wilson's Creek, in which the Union general, Lyon, was defeated and slain. This regiment was engaged in many skirmishes in Missouri and Arkansas until ordered to the east side of the Mississippi in the spring of 1862, when the army of Van Dorn was brought over to reinforce the Confederate army near Corinth. On the 14th of April, 1862, Captain Reynolds was promoted to major, and on May 1st, to lieutenant-colonel of his regiment. This command was part of the army under Kirby Smith in east Tennessee and Kentucky in 1862, and with Bragg until that officer retired from the command of the army of the Tennessee. Gen. Bushrod Johnson, in his report of the operations of his division in the battle of Chickamauga, says: "I especially noticed the faithful toil and heroic conduct of Lieutenant-Colonel Reynolds, of the First battalion of dismounted rifles, McNair's brigade, who was conspicuous in his efforts to preserve our lines and encourage and press on our men. For hours he, with many other officers, faithfully and incessantly labored in this duty. From the day of this battle, September 20, 1863, dates his commission as colonel in the army of the Confederate States. Just before the opening of the Dalton-Atlanta campaign he received the commission of brigadier-general. He followed bravely the fortunes of the army of Tennessee up to the battle of Nashville and the retreat from that disastrous field. On this retreat, the brigade of General Reynolds formed part of the splendid rear guard which did its duty so bravely as to win the praises even of the enemy.

After the war General Reynolds returned to Arkansas. From 1866 to 1867 he was a member of the State Senate. Having retired from public life, he is enjoying the rest that belongs to honorable old age.

Daniel Harris Reynolds (1832–1902) Daniel Harris Reynolds was a lawyer, Confederate general, and state senator who ranks as one of Arkansas's most talented and dedicated citizen-soldiers during the Civil War.Daniel Reynolds was born on December 14, 1832, in Centerburg, Ohio, to Amos and Sophia (Houck) Reynolds. He studied at Ohio Wesleyan University in the town of Delaware, where he joined the Masonic order in 1853. He studied law privately in Louisa County, Iowa, and Somerville, Tennessee, where he befriended fellow future Confederate general Otho French Strahl. Admitted to the bar in 1858, he established a legal practice in Lake Village (Chicot County).At the outset of the Civil War, Reynolds raised a cavalry company, the "Chicot Rangers," and entered Confederate service as a captain in command of Company A of the First Arkansas Mounted Rifles. The regiment mustered in at Fort Smith (Sebastian County) on June 14, 1861. Serving initially in the Trans-Mississippi Theater, the regiment saw its first action at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, on August 10, 1861; although injured in this engagement in a fall from his frightened horse, Reynolds stayed in the field and also fought at Pea Ridge March 7–8, 1862. Dismounted shortly after the Battle of Pea Ridge, the Mounted Rifles served thereafter as infantry, producing lingering resentment among the regiment's officers and enlisted men. The regiment soon transferred to the Army of Tennessee and served in the Western Theater (that is, east of the Mississippi River) for the rest of the war.Despite a lack of military training or experience, Reynolds proved a natural leader, both in camp and in battle. Highly respected by superiors and subordinates alike, he advanced consistently through the ranks of regimental command, earning promotion to major on April 14, 1862; lieutenant colonel on May 1, 1862; and colonel of the First Arkansas Mounted Rifles on November 17, 1863 (retroactive to September 20). With the impending promotion of Brigadier General Thomas James Churchill, Reynolds' colleagues petitioned the Confederate secretary of war for his promotion to brigadier general, even though he was not the brigade's ranking colonel. He was promoted to brigadier general on March 12, 1864, retroactive to March 5. For the rest of the war, he commanded "Reynolds's Arkansas Brigade," composed of the First and Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles (dismounted); the Fourth, Ninth, Twenty-fifth and Thirty-first Arkansas Infantry regiments and the Fourth Arkansas Infantry Battalion.Reynolds had little patience for ineffective commanders and voiced his displeasure after several unsuccessful campaigns. As a result of one personality conflict, Major General Samuel Gibbs French placed him under arrest in January 1864; although the charges were quickly dismissed, Reynolds refused to serve under French and transferred his brigade to the command of Major General Edward Cary Walthall, with whom he enjoyed a close friendship and mutual respect.In the Atlanta campaign, Reynolds defeated Brigadier General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick at the Battle of Lovejoy Station on August 20, 1864, helping temporarily maintain Confederate supply lines to Atlanta.Reynolds's left leg was amputated because of a wound received in the Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina, on March 19, 1865. After the war, he returned to Lake Village, reestablished his law practice, and received a presidential pardon from Andrew Johnson. From 1866 to 1867, he served as a state senator for Ashley, Chicot, and Drew counties until federal Reconstruction policy forced the removal of former Confederates from elected office.He married Martha Wallace on November 24, 1868, and raised five children. He died in Lake Village on March 14, 1902, and is buried in Lake Village Cemetery.For additional information: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas. Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1890.Daniel Harris Reynolds Papers. Special Collections. University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jul 16, 2000

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Brig. General Daniel H. Reynolds (CSA)'s Timeline

December 14, 1832
Centerburg, Knox County, Ohio, United States
February 4, 1867
Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom
September 5, 1869
Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas, United States
November 20, 1874
Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas, United States
October 23, 1877
Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas, United States
January 3, 1880
Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas, United States
October 13, 1883
Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas, United States
March 14, 1902
Age 69
Lake Village, Chicot County, Arkansas, United States