"SEDGWICK MONUMENT" Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park Off The Beaten Path Tip by mtncorg

  Monument to VI Corps commander John Sedgwick
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  • Monument to VI Corps commander John Sedgwick - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Monument to VI Corps commander John Sedgwick
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  • Panel about Sedgwick's death - Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
      Panel about Sedgwick's death
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Coming onto the scene of fighting at Spotsylvania on the second day - May 8 - Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick, the senior corps commander in the Army of the Potomac (VI corps), lightheartedly chided some of his soldiers who were dodging sharpshooter bullets. 'why they couldn't hit an elephant from this range!' Sedgwick exclaimed. Just then, from 800 yards, a rebel sharpshooter found Sedgwick just below his eye. His command evolved to Horatio Wright. Sedgwick's forced march of the VI Corps is considered by many to be a turning point at Gettysburg. Besides this monument here at Spotsylvania, there is an equestrian monument at Gettysburg, one at West Point, one at the State Capitol in Hartford - he was from Connecticut - and one across from his grave in Cornwall Hollow, also in Connecticut.

Website: http://www.civilwarhome.com/sedgwickbio.htm

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