The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 66, July 1962 - April, 1963

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

was badly executed, and Price was forced to withdraw late in
October. Reynolds displayed his usual courage on this cam-
paign, fearlessly exposing himself to fire, and replying to Price's
complaint that he took too many chances with the statement that
the front of the army is the place for a governor to be when that
army is trying to restore him.22 Reynolds also complained bit-
terly about lack of service to him and about the looting and
plundering uncurbed by Price.28 There was to be more heard on
that score. In mid-November Governor Reynolds took leave of
Jo Shelby's staff at Bonham, Texas, and returned to Marshall.
On December 17, 1864, Reynolds wrote a long letter, which
was widely circulated and was published in the Marshall Texas
Republican. The letter was a scathing denunciation of Price,
accusing him of slothfulness and gross inefficiency. Reynolds
wrote that he had formerly interceded with the "President, Sec-
retary of War and Commander of this department" for Price, but
with reconsideration he hoped that the collapse of Price's repu-
tation would end the evil of political generalship. The governor
was most indignant at the poor discipline which permitted ex-
cesses of plundering throughout the campaign, and his remarks
on his own feelings in the matter provide considerable insight
into what he conceived his own legal position to be.
Events have made my official station one of oppressive responsi-
bilities. Elected in time of peace, in a poll of one hundred and fifty-
four thousand of Missouri's voters, I am of all the officers now recog-
nized by either party to this war, the only one whose authority is
both derived under her ancient constitution and based on a direct
vote of her whole undivided people, while no other political au-
thority now in existence can exhibit either of those special marks
of republican legitimacy. ...
In reply to Reynolds' denunciation General Price published a
card in which he referred to Reynolds as "one ... who pretends
to be, and styles himself in it, the Governor of the State of
Missouri." Governor Reynolds further replied that he was rec-
ognized by the Confederate government as the governor of
Missouri and wrote in his letter, "General Price describes me as
22Reynolds to Price, October 2, 1864, Oficial Records, Series I, Vol. XLI, Pt. 3,
23Reynolds to Price, October so, 1864, ibid., looo-lool.


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