Michael A. Riley
(as Major General John Fulton Reynolds)
In the early 1980’s, the homestead of Major General
John Fulton Reynolds in Lancaster, Pennsylvania was an adult bookstore.
Michael A. Riley began a crusade to save the home of the valiant Civil
War General by educating the local public about the heroic military career of their native son.
Following in these endeavors, Michael Riley has become one of the country’s
foremost authorities on John F. Reynolds. Not only does Mr. Riley bear
a striking resemblance to the late General, but through many years of
research and contact with the remaining Reynolds family members, he has
become a biographer of Reynolds and as well as a Civil War re-enactor portraying
General John Reynolds. His book, "For
God's Sakes, Forward!” is considered required reading for Civil
War enthusiasts and fans of its officers.
Mr. Riley served as historical consultant and actor’s double for
Ron Maxwell’s Civil War movie epic, Gettysburg. He also appeared
as John F. Reynolds in the award-winning Gettysburg: Boys
in Blue & Gray by Luminence Films. Mr. Riley continues to educate
Civil War organizations, historical groups, college students, and school
children with his living history portrayals and by teaching history classes.
Mr. Riley actively participates in many Civil War re-enactments. He is
a member of the 30th Pennsylvania, Co. E, as was his great-grandfather
John B. Riley. While he was employed as a historical consultant for Dale
Gallon Historical Art in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he was asked to
pose for several of Mr. Gallon’s paintings and write essays for
publication. He is currently working on the Reynolds’ family papers
and editing for future publication. He resides in Lancaster,
Pennsylvania with his wife, Rebecca.