General J.F. Reynolds.
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General J.F. Reynolds.

Credit: Archives and Special Collections, Franklin and Marshall College

Born and raised barely 40 miles from Gettysburg, John Fulton Reynolds graduated from West Point, fought in the Mexican War, and in 1860 was Commandant of Cadets at the United States Military Academy. On the first day's fighting at Gettysburg, Reynolds commanded the Army of the Potomac's First Corps. Arriving on the battlefield just in time to push back Henry Heth's Confederates with elements of the famed "Iron Brigade" Reynolds was shot dead. On July 4, he was buried in Lancaster with full military honors.

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