By Sandy McBride
John Fulton Reynolds was a career soldier. He was a West Point graduate, an experienced commander who so impressed President Abraham Lincoln with his ability as a military man that the president offered him command of the Army of the Potomac as it pursued General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate Army of Virginia on their northward move in June of 1863. Because Lincoln would not assure him there would be no political interference with the job, Reynolds politely declined and remained in the field. He was well-respected, a much-loved leader of men and married to his job. There was no time for romance . . . or so his family, friends and comrades-in-arms thought.
They would learn otherwise.
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