On Location: The Site of James McPherson’s Death

July 22 is the anniversary of James McPherson’s death in 1864 during the battle of Atlanta. During my recent trip to the city, I went On Location to the spot where McPherson fell. ECW’s Steve Davis makes a special appearance, as well!

I first visited the site of McPherson’s mortal wounding in the summer of 2015.

Chris Kolakowski offered an excellent recounting of McPherson’s death on the 150th anniversary of the event.

As Chris has also pointed out, McPherson was the second-highest ranking Federal officer killed in the Civil War. John Sedgwick, killed at Spotsylvania, was highest-ranking.

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5 Responses to On Location: The Site of James McPherson’s Death

  1. Dave Powell says:

    Not too far away is a similar monument (upended cannon) to CSA Major General W. H. T. Walker, though the site of his marker is considerably less appealing.

  2. Chris:

    Was not Major General John Reynolds, Commander of the Union Army’s First Corps, who was killed on the first day of the battle of Gettysburg, of equal rank as General John Sedgwick, Commander of the Union Army’s VI Corps, who was killed on May 9, 1864, at Spotsylvania?


    • Sedwick’s date of commission came earlier than Reynolds’, which is why Sedgwick was higher ranking.

      • Chris:

        Thanks, I didn’t know the date of commission was controlling. I thought once a rank was achieved, it was equal to all others of the same rank irrespective of date of promotion. And I thought I knew everything. Well, almost.


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