McPherson's woods at Gettysburg—illustration for lathrop'sMatthew Brady, the wizard who preserved so many war scenes, is here gazing across the field toward the woods where Reynolds fell. About ten o'clock in the morning, July 1st, the brigade of the Confederate General Archer and the Federal ‘Iron Brigade,’ directed by General Reynolds, were both trying to secure control of this strip. Reynolds was on horseback in the edge of the woods, impatient for the troops to come up so that he could make the advance. As he turned once to see how close they were, a Confederate sharpshooter from the depths of the thicket hit him in the back of the head. He fell dead without a word. General Hunt says of him: ‘He had opened brilliantly a battle which required three days of hard fighting to close with a victory. To him may be applied in a wider sense than in its original one, Napier's happy eulogium on Ridge: “No man died on that field with more glory than he, yet many died, and there was much glory.” ’ Thus his name is inseparably linked with the history of his country at a turning-point in its course.Ode
‘Reynolds fell, with soul unquaking’
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Introduction: the spirit of nationality
Chapter 1 : separation and reunion
Chapter 2 : deeds of valor
Chapter 3 : in Memoriam
Chapter 4 : scenes from soldier life
Chapter 5 : Wives and sweethearts
Chapter 6 : lyrics
Chapter 7 : the lighter side
Chapter 8 : between battles
Chapter 9 : Gettysburg : the high-water mark of the war
Chapter 10 : the end of the struggle
Chapter 11 : Lincoln
Chapter 12 : the heritage
Chapter 13 : brotherhood.
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