Reynolds and the Iron Brigade, by Keith Rocco.
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<i>Reynolds and the Iron Brigade,</i> by Keith Rocco.

Credit: ┬ęKeith Rocco and Traditional Studios

"I have seen many men killed in action but never saw a ball do its work so instantly as did the ball that struck General Reynolds." With those words, fellow soldier Charles Veil described the death of Major General John Fulton Reynolds on the first day's fighting at Gettysburg; July 1, 1863. "He never spoke a word," Veil later wrote, "or moved a muscle after he was struck."

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