At the edge of these woods General Reynolds was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter in the first vigorous contest of the day. The woods lay between the two roads upon which the Confederates were advancing from the west, and General Doubleday (in command of the First Corps) was ordered to take the position so that the columns of the foe could be enfiladed by the infantry,while contending with the artillery posted on both roads.
The Iron Brigade under General Meredith was ordered to hold the ground at all hazards.
As they charged, the troops shouted: “If we can't hold it, where will you find the men who can?”
On they swept, capturing General Archer and many of his Confederate brigade that had entered the woods from the other side.
As Archer passed to the rear, Doubleday, who had been his classmate at West Point, greeted him with “Good morning!
I'm glad to see you!”