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Manuscript on Belle Reynolds

 Collection — Box: 61
Identifier: MS-SC1076

Scope and Contents

Manuscript of article written about Belle Reynolds' service during the Civil War and her commission given by Governor Yates of Illinois. Also briefly describes her work as a physician after the war in Chicago, California and the Philippines. A signed note by Belle Reynolds telling who Mr. Morris is and that he had written her re: the article which appeared in an Omaha newspaper. Also a short note by Thomas C. Shelley who had served in the 17th Infantry with Mr. Reynolds re: Belle's later life.


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Biographical / Historical

The author of the article is a Mr. Morris, whose first name is unknown. He was a school principal in Lewis, Iowa in 1864. This is the town where Belle Reynolds' father lived. Morris later lived in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Arabella (Belle) Reynolds, nee Macomber, was the only woman commissioned a major in the Civil War. She moved to Peoria, Illinois when she married William S. Reynolds in 1860. William Reynolds served with the 17th Illinois Infantry and Belle went with him, aiding soldiers at the Battles of Shiloh and Fort Donelson, and the Siege of Vicksburg.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 6 pages

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