and the Civil War
David Richard Reynolds joined the Confederate Army at Daingerfield, Titus County, Texas, Company D, 9th Texas Infantry, Maxey's Regiment and attained the rank of Second Lieutent. The following letter that he wrote his brother, John R. Reynolds, shows that at one time he was stationed near his old home, "about 5 miles from Aunt Betsy" near Shelbyville, Tennessee.
The letter below was written by David Richard to his brother John R. Reynolds. Aunt Betsy Campbell mentioned in the letter is Elizabeth Reynolds, wife of Arthur Campbell and Art is Arthur Campbell Reynolds, their other brother:
In Camp Near Shelbyville, Tenn.
I can only say that we are here in camp undistrubed by the Yankee forces. At present we are about five miles from Aunt Betsy Campbell's toward Shelbyville. The Yankees still stay at Murfreesboro and make no attempt to drive us from this place. Farewell; they may know whenever they come to Shelbyville there will be a happy time of getting to the place for one Joseph F. Johnson is a snag sticken in their way. Although we lost a great many men at the battle of Murfreesboro, yet our reanks have since been filled to a greater number than they were before the fight at that place.
John, Art received the lines you wrote with James Reynolds, in which you said you had wrote three letters to him and me. I have never seen a line from you before since I have been out of Texas. I would have wrote to you before now, but I had made application for a ten days furlough, and I thought I would get to come and see you all, but I failed to get it approved by General Bragg. I want you to write to me and let me know where little Henry Reynolds went to join. I heard they had conscripted him. If he has not joined any Regiment yet, tell him I wish he would come and join our Regiment. He could not get a Regiment that is praised for its gallant conduct more than this one. It has the honor of breaking the Yankee lines first at Murfreesboro on the 31st day of December 1862 when they had repulsed the Alabama troops the thire time and scattered them all over the woods, we were put into the front and we run them about one and a half miles at one race killing them by the hundred.
Tell Jimmey that I would be very glad to see hime and he must write to me. Cate must write. Give my best love to all inquiring friends, and tell them to write and remember yourself to write.
So I will close saying no more at present, and I shall ever remain your Brother unto death.
D. R. Reynolds, Asst. Leut.