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William George Reynolds

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1834 - 1862
Co. E, 57th Va. Infantry

Born in Pittsylvania County on 27 March 1834, William was one of three known children of John Philpott and Rhoda (Smith) Reynolds. William’s siblings were: Susan, and Heary Ann who was born in 1839 and married Ralph G. Adkins in 1861.

William and his family farmed in Pittsylvania County as did many of their neighbors. On 9 June 1858, William would marry Elizabeth Adkins. She was born on 2 January 1839 in Pittsylvania County, the daughter of Anderson and Nancy Booker (Adkins) Reynolds. Together they would have two children;William Goggins, born on 21 May 1859; and Elizabeth Cornelius, born 6 October 1861.

William and his brother-in-law, Ralph Adkins, enlisted on 1 July 1861 in Company E, 57th Virginia Infantry. Company E was known as the “Pigg River Greys” and was organized by William H. Ramsey.

The regiment would move to it’s camp north of Richmond near the Fairfield Race Course in the fall of 1861. In November they moved to Howard’s Grove and entered winter camp. The unsanitary conditions of camp life brought about sickness and soldiers became unfit for duty and required hospitalization. Many died of typhoid fever, measles, diarrhea or other diseases. Even though many recovered, they were unable to return to duty. William was one of these men who was unable to return to duty.

William died of rubella in the Confederate States Hospital in Petersburg, on 16 May 1862. His father drove a buckboard to Richmond and brought his body back to Pittsylvania County for burial. It is not known if William was able to see his infant daughter before his death.


His brother-in-law, Ralph was wounded at the Battle of Malvern Hill, but returned to duty when he was captured and taken prisoner at Gettysburg. He would be held in Point Lookout until his exchange on 18 February 1865.

Elizabeth was only 23 years old when William died and she never remarried. She died on 19 February 1919 and is buried beside her husband.

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