The Death of “Uncle John”

“The Death of General Sedgwick” by Julian Scott

As we consider “Fallen Leaders” on the blog this week and at the Symposium this weekend, we invite you to revisit the ECW archives for some excellent material on the death of Union Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick.

Here’s a first-person account by a witness: Lt. Col. Martin T. McMahon, Sedgwick’s chief of staff.

On May 9, 2019—the anniversary of Sedgwick’s death—Edward Alexander sorted through the myths and misinformation about Sedgwick’s death in this excellent blog post.

On May 9, 2017, Chris Mackowski reflected on Sedgwick’s death during his annual pilgrimage to the site on the battlefield where Sedgwick was killed.

On May 9, 2014, Chris Kolakowski offered a great explanation of Sedgwick’s standing as the senior-most Federal officer to get killed in the war.

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