He enlisted under the alias 'Joseph Devier' or 'Devere' (2, 14).
He was born on 28 March 1845 (3, 9, 12; 5 (19 in 1864), 9 [19 at death in 1864], 10 [5 in 1850], 11 [15 in 1860], 12 [20 at death]). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania (9, 10, 11). He was born to Jesse and Lydia Reynolds (9, 12).
In 1850, he was living in North Mulberry Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (10). He was living with Jesse and Lydia Reynolds (his parents), and with William Reynolds (presumably his sibling) (10). He had attended his school within the year (10).
In 1860, he was living in the 14th ward of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (11). He was living with Jesse and Lydia Reynolds (his parents), and with William and Hannah Reynolds (presumably his siblings), along with two other people (11). He had attended school within the year (11).
He enlisted and was mustered into service, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 5 February 1864 [or 12 February 1864 (1, 5)] (2). He was enlisted by Lieutenant Shipley (2, 5). He was mustered in as a private, in company D, by Lieutenant Hildeburn (1, 2, 5, 14-15).
He died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 9 June 1864 (possibly on 24 May 1864), of wounds received in action or of congestive fever (1 [24 May], 3 [9 Jun], 4 [9 Jun], 5 [24 May], 6, 9 [9 June, congestive fever], 12 [9 June, wounds], 13 [24 May]). He was a private in company D (14-14). He was single (9). He was a soldier (9). He died at, or was buried from, 1221 Green Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (9).
On 12 June 1864, he was buried in West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania (3, 13) or Mount Moriah Cemetery (8, 9, 12). His tombstone has "carved in relief a musket, knapsack, cartouch-box, and haversack", and '"Mother, one of us ought to go. Why not me?"' (8, 13). The funeral was held from 1221 Green Street, his parents' residence (12).
1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster)
2 letter, Sinex to Breck, 14 March 1864
3 West Laurel Hill cemetery records, on http://www.thefinalwalt.com (thanks to Amy Waltz!) ( )
4 company D, register of deaths (Joseph Reynolds)
5 Civil War Veterans' Card File, available at the Pennsylvania State Archives, searched 10 August 2004 (Joseph Reynolds)
6 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 29 June 1864 (Private Reynolds)
7 'The Ninety-first Pennsylvania volunteers', Philadelphia Inquirer 8 June 1864 page 3 (Joseph Reynolds)
8 John Thomas Scharf and Thompson Westcott. History of Philadelphia 1609-1884. Philadelphia: LH Everts & Co., 1884. Volume 3, page 1882.] (Joseph C Reynolds)
9 death certificate, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 June 1864 (Joseph C Reynolds)
10 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, North Mulberry Ward, microfilm series M432, film 815, page 379 = 656 handwritten (Joseph Reynolds)
11 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 14th ward, 1st division, microfilm series M653, film 1164, page 110 = 110 handwritten (Jos Reynolds)
12 death notice, Public Ledger 10 June 1864 page 2 (Joseph C Reynolds)
13 Find a grave, memorial 41110291, with picture of tombstone (created by Russ Dodge, added 24 August 2009, accessed 31 December 2010) (Joseph C Reynolds)
14 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph Devere)
15 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (Joseph Reynolds)
|Name||Jesse Reynolds||Lydia "||William "||Joseph "|
|Occupation of males over 15 years||Stove Manufac|
|Real estate owned|
|Birthplace||" [sc. Penna]||"||"||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1||1|
|Over 20 & can't read/write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
|Name||Jesse Reynolds||Lydia||Wm||Jos.||Hannah||Anna Casey||Anne Freeman [?]|
|Value of real estate owned|
|Value of personal estate||500|
|Place of birth||Phila||"||"||"||"||Ireland||"|
|Married within year|
|Attended school within year||1|
|Cannot read & write|
|Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.|
... Among the tombs of soldiers is that of Joseph C. Reynolds, private in company D, Ninety-first Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers; he has an altar tombstone, on the face of which are carved in relief a musket, knapsack, cartouch-box, and haversack. He died from wounds received at the battle of Spottsylvania Court-House, Va. Upon the tomb is the sentence:
REYNOLDS--On the 9th inst., from a wound received at the battle of Spottsylvania Court House, on the 12th of May, JOSEPH C. REYNOLDS of Co. D 91st Reg't P.V., son of Jesse and Lydia Reynolds in the 20th year of his age.
The relatives and friends of the family, and the members of the regiment to which he was attached who are in the city and his military friends generally, are respectfully invited to attend the funeral, from the residence of his parents, No 1221 Green street, on Sunday afternoon, at 4 o'clock--to proceed to Mount Moriah Cemetery