Monuments

"In a larger sense, we can not dedicate--we can not consecrate--we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract....from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion...." President Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863

 

(right) John Rogers created this dynamic sculpture of Major General John F. Reynolds in 1884.  It sits today on the north plaza of Old City Hall in Philadelphia. 

Another sculpture of Major General John F. Reynolds is located in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. This sculpture was done by Charles Grafly in 1902.  

The park is home to many historical sculptures including two of Major General George Meade, and other statues of Major General Winfield Scott Hancock, Major General John Hartranft, Major General George McClellan, and the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
 
 
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(above) The Pennsylvania Monument in Gettysburg has stone carvings that illustrate different phases of the battle, bronze statues that represent different individuals, and bronze plaques that list the names of the Pennsylvania soldiers who were present at Gettysburg.
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After his death, Reynolds' body was taken to the George House in Gettysburg and laid there while staff members searched for a coffin. Two local women assisted.


 

Equestrian monument of Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds on Chambersburg Pike, McPherson's Ridge, Gettysburg.

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(above) Major General John Fulton Reynolds perished as the conflict in Gettysburg heightened July 1st, 1863. This monument on the battlefield quietly honors his memory in the place where his life was taken. He was struck down as he rallied his men of the First Corps' Iron Brigade to support General Buford's outnumbered cavalry. Dying instantly as he fell from his horse, the much revered General was buried July 4th, 1863 in his hometown of Lancaster, PA (see below).

             
This is the grave of John F. Reynolds in Lancaster Cemetery, Lancaster, PA. He was buried in the Reynolds family plot along with his parents, sisters and brother William, who was a naval officer and member of the famed Wilkes expedition.