Maj. Gen. John Reynolds (Portrait)

Posted to the Project on 22 Oct 10

Monument to Union General John Reynolds

Maj. Gen. John Reynolds commanded the First Corps at Gettysburg.

About the Main Monument

When was it dedicated? Erected 1871. Dedicated Aug. 31, 1872.

What is it made out of? Sculpture: bronze; Base: granite.

What size is it? Sculpture: approx. 10 ft. 5 in. x 4 ft. x 2 ft.; Base: 10 x 7 x 7 ft.

Who made it? Ward, John Quincy Adams, 1830-1910, sculptor. Robert Wood & Company, founder.

What does it depict? A standing portrait of General Reynolds holding a pair of binoculars in his proper right hand and resting his proper left hand on the handle of his sword. The sculpture rests atop a tall, square base adorned on the front with a shield bearing the stars and stripes. This monument was one of the first erected in memory to an officer, and was funded with $12,200 raised by the members of his command. This monument is a heroic-sized bronze statue of Reynolds standing on a tapered, square pedestal that rests on a granite base. It is located at the juncture of the east and west branches of the main walkway. Reynolds holds a sword in his left hand and binoculars in his right. An inscription on the west side of the pedestal contains Reynolds’ name. The south side of the pedestal is engraved with “Killed at Gettysburg July 1, MDCCCLXIII.” Inscribed on the east is the statement “To His Memory By The First Army Corps” beneath which is a raised polished granite disc divided into three segments representing the three divisions of the First Corps


When was this photograph taken? June 17, 2012.

Where is it located? Located Gettysburg National Military Park, Near Baltimore Street gates, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325.

Is this monument located along the NPS Auto Tour route? No.

Has this monument been moved or changed? This monument has not been moved or materially altered.

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At Gettysburg

Commanded: 1st Army Corps / Left Wing of the Army of the Potomac.

General Information

Brief Biography: John Fulton Reynolds (September 20, 1820 – July 1, 1863) was a career United States Army officer and a general in the American Civil War. One of the Union Army’s most respected senior commanders, despite having a relatively limited amount of combat experience in the war, he played a key role in committing the Army of the Potomac to the Battle of Gettysburg and was killed at the very start of the battle.


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