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    John F. Reynolds Partly Printed Document Signed "John F. Reynolds/Maj Gen Vols/Comdg," two pages, 7" x 10", front and verso. Headquarters, 1st Corps, March 15, 1863. "Daily Memoranda for information of the Major General Commanding" indicating 15 furloughs and 10 leaves of absence were granted. Reynolds signed on the second page beneath the following manuscript list: "First Division/Fatigue parties at the Landings/Q. Masters stores delivered to Brigades/Second Division/Guard and Patrol one Company/272 Meules obtained from landing/Pickets report all quiet./Third Division." Reynolds signed, leaving room for information of the Third Division to be added. Brigadier General John F. Reynolds assumed command of the 1st Corps of the Army of the Potomac in late 1862. On March 4, 1863, President Lincoln nominated Reynolds to be Major General; his nomination was consented to by the U.S. Senate on March 9th, just six days before he signed this document as Major General Volunteers. On the morning of July 1, 1863, the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Reynolds was commanding the left wing of the Army of the Potomac. As Reynolds was supervising the placement of the 2nd Wisconsin, he was shot in the back of his neck and fell from his horse; he died almost instantly. He is memorialized by three statues in the Gettysburg National Memorial Park, one on his horse. Anything signed by John F. Reynolds is scarce and this military document, signed less than four months before his death at age 42, is especially desirable. Light penciled notations by collector. Printed side is trimmed at left edge and has mounting traces on corners. Fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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