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George Sykes

Date of Birth:      October 9, 1822
Hometown:         Dover, DE
Education:           West Point, 1842
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Colonel

Date of Death:     February 8, 1880
Place of Death:    Brownsville, TX
Buried At:           West Point

Major Battles:        First Manassas, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Second Manassas, Antietam Campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Bridge, Mine Run

Interesting Fact(s):    Sykes would graduate, in the class of 1842, from West Point - a class that would contribute 12 corps and army commanders to the Civil War (north and south).  Sykes would command a battalion of regulars at First Manassas, that would be one of the best performing units, there.  Sykes would command in all the early battles, of the eastern theater, attaining the rank of major general, and being elevated to the vacant corps command, when George Meade was appointed army commander, prior to Gettysburg.  Sykes command, at Gettysburg, would provide critical assistance, to hold the left flank, at the Round Tops, when Daniel Sickles III Corps was attacked by James Longstreet's 1st Confederate Corps.  Sykes would be accused, by Meade, of moving too slowly at Mine Run, and would be removed from corps command and sent west, to Kansas.  While a very brave defensive fighter, Sykes would earn the nickname, "Tardy George" for his lack of alacrity in the heat of an offensive battle.

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