John Reynolds and John Buford at Gettysburg, by Keith Rocco
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Oil on canvas of John Reynolds and John Buford at Gettysburg.

Credit: ©1996, Keith Rocco and Traditional Studios,

"How goes it John?" came the familiar voice calling up from below. Up in the observatory on the Seminary roof watching the early stages of the fighting unfold, General John Buford immediately recognized his friend and Union First Corps commander John F. Reynolds. "The devil's to pay!" Buford called down. This Keith Rocco painting depicts Buford conferring with Reynolds after he decided that McPherson's Ridge was the best place to establish an artillery and infantry battle line. It was July 1, 1863, and as Reynolds directed men from the famed Iron Brigade to repel the initial Confederate attack at McPherson's Ridge he was shot dead from the saddle and became one of the nation's most enduring heroes of Gettysburg

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