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Captain Ira B. Reynolds


Born in 1841, Ira Reynolds emigrated to Wisconsin with his family at the age of four and settled in the community of Mayville in eastern Dodge County, then the Wisconsin frontier.

In 1861 at the age of twenty, Reynolds enlisted in Company E of the Third Wisconsin Infantry. Two years later he was severely wounded at the battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia. Following treatment, he was transferred six months later to the Sixty-Ninth Wisconsin Infantry and later to Company E of the Nineteenth Veterans Reserve., stationed in Washington. There he was invited to attend numerous receptions at the White House and had the honor to meet President Lincoln.

In 1864, he was assigned to Company I of the Forty-Third United States Colored Troops (USCT). The regiment was assigned to Grant's command and followed him to Petersburg.

Following the close of the war, the Forty-Third was stationed in Brownsvill, Texas, until mustering out in September, 1865.

Returning from the war, then Captain Reynolds entered Lawrence University with the intent of studying for the Methodist ministry, but iscontinued his studies due to failing eyesight.

Reynolds subsequently settled on a farm in southeastern Minnesota.


Biography from History of Blue Earth County and biographies of its leading citizens, Thomas Hughes, Chicago: Middle West Publishing Company, 1901

Letter of Application for a Place in the Regular Army, August 19, 1865

Letter to the War Department, October, 1865

Undated Wisconsin Editorial - "Copperhead Press on Fort Pillow Affair"

Letter from the Sixth Annual 3rd Wisconsin Association Reunion held at Fond du Lac on September 18-19, 1895

Federal Certificate of Service

Wisconsin Certificate of Service

Minnesota Certificate of Death

Information for this site has been provided by Kevin Dier-Zimmel, a Dodge County historian specializing in the Civil War era.