WHERE REYNOLDS FELL AT GETTYSBURG.
At this spot Major-General John F.
Reynolds met his death. During the first day's fighting this peaceful cornfield
was trampled by the advancing Confederates. The cupola of the seminary on the
ridge held at nightfall by Lee's forces is visible in the distance. The town of
Gettysburg lies one mile beyond. General Reynolds' troops, advancing early in
the day, had encountered the Confederates and had been compelled to fall back.
Later, the Federal line by hard fighting had gained considerable advantage on
the right. Impatient to retrieve the earlier retrograde movement at this point,
General Reynolds again advanced his command, shoving back the enemy before it,
and his line of skirmishers was thrown out to the cornfield in the picture.
Riding out to it to reconnoiter, General Reynolds fell, pierced by a Confederate
bullet, near the tree at the edge of the road.