Jennifer Eckel

MCREYNOLDS, FELIX C. (1835–1912). Felix C. McReynolds, Confederate officer and businessman, was born in Tennessee in 1835 to Isaac and Sarah (McGonigal) McReynolds. It is probable that Felix McReynolds came to Texas near the time of the Civil War.

During the Civil War McReynolds served as an executive officer for Col. William H. Griffin of "Griffin's Battalion." Four companies of Griffin's Battalion were then consolidated with six companies of the Eleventh Battalion to create Spaight's Regiment of the Twenty-first Texas Infantry. Although McReynolds was not the original executive officer of the battalion, he was a major by early 1863 and in October of 1863 was placed in command of Fort Manhassett and charged with the defense of Sabine Pass. He commanded the fort through the invasion scare of October and November and immediately thereafter married a local woman, Laura Magill, the younger daughter of Kate Dorman, of Sabine Pass fame. As the commandant of the fort, McReynolds presumably remained at the fort through the winter, although troop strength at the fort was reduced due to the invasion at Brownsville.

Although troubled by desertions in the early spring, Major McReynolds led a battery in an attack on Union gunboats, the Wave and the Granite City, at the battle of Calcascieu Pass on May 6, 1864. After the ninety-minute battle, Major McReynolds personally accepted the surrender of the Wave. In November 1864 Griffin's Battalion was transferred to Houston where it remained until it was decommissioned in 1865.

Following the war, Felix McReynolds returned to Sabine Pass. He was engaged in various business enterprises, including railroads, clerking at H. S. Grocery, and farming. The "Early Victoria Home," a historical landmark located on Craig Street in Victoria, Texas, lists Major McReynolds among its notable owners. He apparently resided in that city from 1891 to 1893. Felix McReynolds died in Jefferson County, on February 7, 1912, and is buried in Magnolia Cemetery with his wife Laura. The couple had two children, a son and a daughter.


W.T. Block, A History of Jefferson County, Texas, From Wilderness to Reconstruction (M.A. thesis, Lamar University, 1974; Nederland, Texas: Nederland Publishing, 1976).

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