Midpoint of the War: May to July 1863

Gettysburg: The First Day

What happened to the Iron Brigade?

When it finally fell back, in the direction of the town, the Iron Brigade had lost 1,200 men killed, wounded, or missing out of about 1,800 who entered the contest. As severe as this was, there were some Confederate units that suffered even more. One company of Confederates was completely wiped out: of the ninety-odd men who entered the fight, not one survived.

Artist Alfred Rudolph Waud created this depiction of the beloved General John Fulton Reynolds being shot to death as he leads the Iron Brigade during the Battle of Gettysburg.


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