The killing of General Reynolds is mentioned briefly by Captain Fergus S. Harris of the 7 th. Tennessee, Company H (the Grays), in his description of General Archer appearing in the Confederate Veteran, Vol. 3, (1895) at page 18. Harris say about Archer, …”his brigade led the advance of Lee’s army at Gettysburg. While developing the enemy’s strength, Gen. Reynolds, of the Federal army (who was killed that day by the Tennesseans), flanked him on both wings, capturing a number of prisoners including Gen. Archer himself”….I have excluded from this list the controversial death of Major-General John Reynolds at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863.
This incidental reference by an officer of the 7 th. Tennessee supports the view that General Reynolds was killed by a Tennessean infantryman (a skirmisher or ranker) in the Herbst Woods. At the time, there were three Tennessee regiments (1 st., 14 th. and 7 th. ) advancing into or around the the woods in front of him. It was the 7 th. Tennessee, however, that were in the section of trees directly opposite Reynolds. It’s therefore quite possible that the shot was fired by a member of the 7 th. Tennessee.