Re: Turney's 1st Tennessee Regiment
While the article is written in a lively entertaining style, it contains factual errors. Looking just at the first day at Gettysburg, Archer's brigade encountered the Iron brigade to the right (south) of the Chambersburg road in McPherson woods, nearly a half mile west of Seminary ridge. The Federals outnumbered the Confederates by about a 3:2 ratio, not 2:1, since the 6th Wisconsin and brigade guard had been detached. The myth of a sharpshooter downing Reynolds persists despite firm evidence. My personal opinion is that Reynolds simply took an infantryman's bullet (a minie ball) that overshot the 2nd Wisconsin, which was just in front of Reynolds and was at that very moment engaging Archer's men in the woods. However, the fatal bullet could just as easily have been fired by a soldier from the 13th Alabama as from a Tennessee regiment, since the 13th, which was on the right flank of the line, was directing its fire to the left against the 2nd and then the 7th Wisconsin until the 19th Indiana appeared, soon followed by the 24th Michigan, which flanked the 13th on its right and decided the contest in favor of the Federals.