General John Sedgwick of the Union Army (right) is shown sitting with Colonels Albert V. Colburn (left) and Delos Sackett (center) during the Peninsula Campaign against the Confederate States, which would end with a victory for the Confederacy. Harrison's Landing, Virginia. Circa 1862. General Sedgwick was solid and dependable, although he was somewhat unaggressive as a general. He was wounded three times in the Battle of Antietam, and he was also involved in the Second Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of Salem Church, and his VI Corps was the last corps to arrive at the Battle of Gettysburg, so as a result they didn't see much action at the last one. Sedgwick ended up being killed by a Confederate sharpshooter at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House on May 9th 1864, which happened as he and his men were probing skirmish lines ahead of the left flank of Confederate defenses. The enemy sharpshooters were only 1,000 yards away, and the shots they fired caused many members of his staff and artillerymen to duck for cover. General Sedgwick strode around directly in the open and he was reported to have said: "Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance!" Ironically, a few short moments afterwards, he was hit under the left eye by a bullet fired from a Whitworth rifle and he died immediately. John Sedgwick was along with General John F. Reynolds (July 1st 1863, Gettysburg) the two highest-ranking United States soldiers who were killed in the American Civil War. His death was met with sorrow from Union Generals Ulysses S. Grant and George G. Meade, and even from Confederate General Robert E. Lee, who was a good and old friend with Sedgwick.
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