General Reno had been most active all day, fearing no danger and appearing to be everywhere at the same time. Safe up to seven o’clock, no one dreamed of such a disaster as was to happen. He, with his staff, was standing a little back of the wood on a field, the rebel forces being directly in front. A body of his troops were just before him, and at this point the fire of the rebels was directed. A Minie-ball struck him and went through his body. He fell, and, from the first, appeared to have a knowledge that he could not survive the wound that he had received.
He was instantly carried with the greatest care to the rear, followed by a number of the officers, and attended by the division surgeon, Dr. Cutter. At the foot of the hill he was laid under a tree, and after a few moments the surgeon said he could not live, and he died without the least movement a few minutes after. Grief at any time is heart-rending; but such grief as was manifested by the staff officers and those about him it has never before been my lot to witness. The old soldier, just come from the scene of carnage with death staring him in the face on every side, here knelt and wept like a child. No eye was dry among those present, and many a silent and spoken resolution was made that moment that Reno’s death should be amply avenged.
Harper’s Weekly October 4, 1862
Fox’s Gap on South Mountain. This was part of the Battle of South Mountain on September 14th, 1862. There was fighting at three gaps – Turner’s Gap to the north, Crampton’s Gap to the south and Fox’s Gap. Two Generals were killed here, Jesse Reno, the Union 9th Corp Commander and Samuel Garland, a Brigade Commander in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. The monument on the left is to Gen. Jesse Reno.