Harper's Weekly 05/17/1862


Mrs. Major Belle Reynolds, whose portrait
we publish on page 317, from a photograph by Cole,
of Peoria, Illinois, is the wife of Lieutenant Rey-
nolds, of Company A, Seventeenth Regiment Il-
linois troops, and daughter of K. W. Macumber,
Esq. Her native place is Shelbourne Falls, Mas-
sachusetts. The Seventeenth, to which her hus-
band belongs, is one of the most popular regiments
in our Western army, being one of the earliest in
the field, and during the whole war have been in
active service. They met the enemy in a terrible
encounter, and vanquished him, at Frederickstown,
Missouri. They early took possession of Cape
Girardeau; they also bore a prominent part, and
were terribly cut up at the battle of Fort Donelson,
and were in the thickest of the fight at the battle
of Shiloh (or Pittsburg Landing). In these last
two battles Lieutenant Reynolds was Acting-Adju-
tant. During the greater part of the campaign
Mrs. Reynolds has shared with her husband a sol-
dier's fare in camp; many a night, while on long
marches, sleeping upon the ground in the open air,
with no covering other than her blanket, and fre-
quently drenched with rain; and ofttimes, to the
order “Fall in,” she has hurriedly mounted her
horse in the darkness of the night, and made long
marches without rest or food except such as she
might have had with her. She has at all times
exhibited a degree of heroism that has endeared
her to the brave soldiers of the Seventeenth and
other regiments that have been associated with
them, and to the officers of the army with whom
she is acquainted.

Governor Yates, of Illinois, and his staff were at
Pittsburg Landing to look after the Illinois troops,
who suffered so severely in that fearful struggle,
and learning of Mrs. Reynolds's heroic conduct on
the field, and untiring efforts in behalf of the
wounded soldiers, by and with the advice of his
staff commissioned her Daughter of the Regiment,
to take rank as a Major, “for meritorious conduct
on the bloody battle-field of Pittsburg Landing.”
Mrs. R. left Pittsburg Landing a few days after
the battle to attend some wounded soldiers to their
homes by the rivers, leaving the last one at Peoria
—Captain Swain, of Illinois, who died as the boat
touched the wharf at Peoria. She remained at Pe-
oria a few days to recover from her fatigue, and
has left again to rejoin the army, and hopes and
expects soon to be in Corinth.

The following letter has been addressed to Gov-
ernor Yates by citizens of Peoria:

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