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John Sedgwick

Date of Birth:      September 13, 1813
Hometown:        Cornwall Hollow, CT
Education:           West Point, 1837
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     May 9, 1864
Place of Death:    Spotsylvania Court House, VA
Buried At:           Cornwall Hollow, CT

Major Battles:        Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, Antietam Campaign, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Overland Campaign, Spotsylvania Court House

Interesting Fact(s):    Sedgwick, was a gallant soldier, and as a commander, was loved by his men, who would affectionately call him, "Uncle John."  While leading his troops, at Antietam, Sedgwick would be wounded three times.  He would go on to command the VI Corps - the army's largest infantry corps - and would command that Corps, as an independent wing, at Chancellorsville.  He would take much of the blame, for the debacle at Chancellorsville, but communication delays, between him, and US Major General Joseph Hooker, would create many of the problems.  While leading his VI Corps, at Spotsylvania Court House, during US Grant's Overland Campaign, Sedgwick would comment on the Confederate snipers, "they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."  Within seconds, Sedgwick would be instantly killed by a sniper bullet, to the head.  Sedgwick would be the highest ranking Union general killed, during the Civil War.

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