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Scholten St Louis BM.  "Tishomingo County never claimed a citizen of more genuine manliness oruniversal popularity than Colonel A. E. Reynolds. His influence was great, and wasalways thrown with movements for the good of the people. The story of his life is the oldstory of grit, determination and perseverance. He resided in Tishomingo County forthirty years and in Alcorn County for fourteen years, during which time he was loved byhis friends, respected by his enemies, and held in the highest esteem by the entire people.Arthur Reynolds, like every human being, had his faults; and the greatest of these wasbeneficence. During the latter years of his life, when all that remained of his once largelanded interests was a modest home in Corinth, and when sickness had secured a giant’shold on his former rugged constitution, he was never known to refuse aid to a friend inneed, but ever shared his last dollar with the needy; and at times to the discomfiture of hisfamily. “Charity begins at home” is an old and trite saying, but Arthur Reynolds made nodistinction between home and friends.  Mr. Reynolds visitedRichmond, Va., and asked permission of President Davis to raise an additional regiment3of infantry in Tishomingo County. He was granted authority upon condition that hewould arm and equip the men, it being explained that the Confederate government was atthat time unable to supply additional war equipage. Mr. Reynolds at once returned home,and calling to his aid Francis Marion Boone, a prominent planter and ex-member of thelegislature from the county, proceeded with the work of organizing a regiment of men ina county from which over 2,000 thousand soldiers had already gone to the front. In aremarkable short time the required number of men had been signed, and Mr. Reynoldsprocured from those able to contribute sufficient funds to arm a majority of the newrecruits with a cap and ball rifle, flint-lock muskets, and Hall rifles, the remainder beingsupplied with squirrel rifles and shotguns. After ten companies had been raised, armedand officers elected, they met at Iuka and were mustered into the service of theConfederate government as the Twenty-sixth Mississippi Regiment of Infantry, andArthur E. Reynolds was elected colonel, Francis Marion Boone, lieutenant colonel, andW. P. Curlee, adjutant. The first battle participated in by the Twenty-sixth was that atFort Donelson, where Tishomingo’s brave and noble sons, led by Col Reynolds, openedthe fight, and for the first time faced the bullets of the Yankees. Had there ever existedany doubt in the minds of the commanding officers as to how their men would act in theface of the enemy, that doubt now melted away as mist before the refulgent rays of anoonday sun, for they stood like veterans and calmly awaited the onslaught of theopposing forces. The charge of the Federal army was terrific, but like a mountain of rockstood the gallant Twenty-sixth, and although Reynolds, Boone, and Curlee had theirhorses killed from under them, and a number of their followers fell to rise no more, witha yell that for hours echoed and reverberated through the rugged defiles and along theclassic banks of the old Tennessee, that unconquerable band rushed gallantly andirresistibly upon the enemy and in a short time turned the right flank of Grant’s army, andhad sufficient reinforcements been at hand history would record a far different ending tothe battle of Fort Donelson. In this wild and successful charge the Twenty-sixth was ledby that illustrious soldier, Lieutenant Colonel Boone, Colonel Reynolds, after beingunhorsed, was unable to keep pace with the regiment, owing to his extreme corpulency,he weighting at that time over three hundred pounds. After the surrender of FortDonelson the Twenty-sixth was sent to Northern prisons and exchanged about a year4later, when almost the entire membership met at Jackson, Miss. and was reorganized,Arthur E. Reynolds being again elected colonel by a unanimous vote. The regimentparticipated in the Vicksburg campaign, being attached to the brigade of Gen. Joe Davis.At the battle of Champion Hill, Gen. Davis being absent, the brigade was commanded byCol. Reynolds, and W. W. Loring, major general commanding, thus referred toCol. Reynolds in his official report:

CDV Colonel Arthur E Reynolds 26th Mississippi

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