SIGNED BUST VIEW CDV OF 1ST NEW YORK LIGHT ARTILLERY MAJOR JOHN A. REYNOLDS

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Vignette bust view of John A. Reynolds in a dark double-breasted frockcoat. Image is nicely signed in period ink at bottom “J. A. REYNOLDS, BVT. COL & MAJ. 1st N. Y. ARTY.”

Clarity and contrast are good. Top corners of mount are slightly clipped. Paper and mount have light surface dirt.

Reverse has a photographer’s imprint for TAYLOR & BACON… ROCHESTER, N. Y. There is also some collector information in pencil.

A published obituary from a Rochester newspaper tells Reynolds story.

“General John A Reynolds, ex-postmaster of Rochester NY, was born in New York City, October 04, 1830, and received his education in the public schools. In 1839, his father, Mr. Alfred Reynolds, removed to Webster, Monroe County, where for the next ten years the family was engaged in farming, young Reynolds continuing the pursuit of his education at public schools. In 1849 he came to Rochester and with his father was engaged in the grocery business until 1861. At the outbreak of the War, he was Captain and in command of the Union Greys, having been a member of the company for many years. He tendered the Greys to the Government as an artillery company, but as no more artillery was needed at the time, the tender was declined. In August and September following, he recruited a company of one hundred and fifty-six men, which was assigned to Battery L, First NY Light Artillery regiment, Colonel Bailey attached to General Banks' command in Shenandoah Valley, and rendered efficient and gallant service in the engagements of Harper's Ferry, Charlestown, Cedar Mountain, Groveton, Rappahannock Crossing, Warrenton, Sulphur Springs, Second Bull Run, Chantilly, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. After the latter engagement Captain Reynolds was commissioned Major and served with the First Corps until the battle of Gettysburg, and was then assigned as chief of artillery to the Twelfth Corps, and accompanied the corps to Chattanooga to the relief of General Thomas. General Hooker then appointed him his chief of artillery at the battle of Lookout Mountain. He was with Sherman on his march to Atlanta and to the sea as chief artillery of the Twentieth Corps, after which he was assigned by General Sherman chief of artillery to the Army of Georgia. His services continued through the Carolinas (and he was promoted) to Colonel for gallant and meritorious service in the campaign from Atlanta to the sea. He was mustered out of service in June, 1865. General Reynolds has been prominent in the Grand Army of the Republic; he was one of the organizers and charter members of the first post in New York State and was elected commander three times. He was elected commander of the First Veteran brigade at its organization, and again in the following year. He was organizer and has been since its formation the commander of the George H Thomas Post of this city. In 1884, he was chosen Department Commander of the Grand Army of the State. For some years he engaged in the shoe trade in Rochester, finally retiring in 1889. General Reynolds was appointed to the office of Postmaster in Rochester by President Harrison on March 20, 1890, and held the office with much satisfaction to the people of this city until relieved by his successor, George H Perkins, June 01, 1894.”

John A. Reynolds was laid to rest in Rochester’s Mount Hope Cemetery. [ad] [ph:L]

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