Grave of General Alexander Welch Reynolds
Backstory and Context
General Alexander Welch Reynolds grave marker resides in the Old Stone Presbyterian Church in Lewisburg, WV. As a Confederate General, Reynolds served in battles such as Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and Carnifex Ferry. Later in life he also served in Egypt, where he died in 1876.
Reynolds was born in Lewisburg and was a West Point graduate. He served in the Seminole War and the Mexican War prior to entering into the Confederate Army. After the Civil War, Reynolds accepted a commission as a colonel in the Egyptian khedive. He remained at this post until his death in 1876 (2).
Some believe Reynolds remains were buried in Egypt, while others agree they were shipped to the US and laid to rest in his hometown (1). Either way, there is a tomb marker for Reynolds in the Old Stone Cemetery that reads “Brig. Gen. A. W. Reynolds DIED in Alexandria, Egypt May 26, 1876 Aged 61 Y.s 1 Mo. 11 Ds. Another stone to Reynolds’ memory is his wife’s home of Philadelphia at the cemetery of Saint James the Less (3).