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post office agency, the treasury agency, and a tax collection bureau.
There were in addition, a number of local war agencies, including
a powder mill, a Confederate hat factory, and a home for transient
Immediately upon his arrival in Marshall, Reynolds reduced
the number of active members of his personal staff in order to
conserve the dwindling state funds. The new staff included an
officer appointed as acting secretary of state and adjutant general,
a commissioned governor's aide, a disbursing officer and his as-
sistant, and two junior officers to supervise the headquarters."
In addition, there was apparently a small number of clerks and
teamsters. In spite of his initial complaints about the accommoda-
tions available in wartime Marshall, he determined to remain
there until the army returned in triumph to Missouri. Giving an
air of permanency to the Marshall operation, Mrs. Reynolds ar-
rived from the East in late December to share the mansion with
the Governor, and he was quite pleased at the ingenuity she had
displayed in obtaining the aid of a Union gunboat to cross the
As a chief executive without a state, Governor Reynolds'
gubernatorial duties could not have been extremely heavy, but
his correspondence shows that he was frequently faced with serious
problems and that when not occupied with state affairs he took
an active interest in the broader problems of the Trans-Mississippi
Department. He was described on several occasions as a close
acquaintance of Jefferson Davis and a trusted advisor to E. Kirby
Smith, which accords with his position as chairman of the Com-
mittee of Public Safety. His first letter to Price from Marshall
mentions some of his duties, although it deals with events just
prior to his arrival there. Reynolds spoke of William C. Quan-
trill's case, apparently in reply to an earlier request by Price that
he urge the noted guerrilla to join the regular army. He spoke
also of applications from Missouri officers for the authority to
enlist men they had recently brought out of Missouri, indicating
that he had a responsibility in the recruitment and enlistment of
Missourians; and there is much other correspondence on the sub-
ject, including an earlier departmental requisition on him for
16Reynolds to Cabell, December 7, 1863 (Ramsdell Microfilm Collection, Texas
Collection, University of Texas Library).
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101196/. Accessed April 19, 2014.