|Union veteran Uberto Burnham in Daniel Wise's field. Jesse Reno monument appears in background.|
(Fred Wilder Cross | William Christen collection)
Of course, the most notable Union casualty at Fox's Gap was Union General Jesse Reno, mortally wounded on the Wise farm. In the background of the photo above, we see the Reno monument, dedicated in the general's memory in 1889. A photograph taken from this vantage point today would be obscured by trees. Below, view early 1920s black-and-white images of the tall oak under which Reno purportedly died.
Cross, a Civil War expert from Massachusetts, often traveled to the Boonsboro/Sharpsburg, Md., area to shoot images of the South Mountain and Antietam battlefields and to gather stories about the fighting. Black-and-white photos in this post courtesy of William Christen IV. (Click on all images to enlarge.)
|Early 1920s image of Reno Oak at Fox Gap on the South Mountain battlefield.|
According to accounts, a mortally wounded Union General Jesse Reno died under this tree.
|Another early 1920s image of the Reno Oak, which no longer stands.|
|A portion of Reno Oak in the collection of the excellent Boonsborough (Md.) Museum of History.|
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