Tag Archives: John Sedgwick

“Battlefield Season”

“Battlefield season,” as I refer to early May, is always an especially busy time of year for me. Of the five battlefields I live among, the battles of Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania all took place in early and mid-May, with … Continue reading

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Accompanying Sedgwick’s Remains

A sharpshooter’s bullet struck and immediately killed Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick around 9:30 a.m. on May 9, 1864. Throughout the rest of the day, grieving members of the VI Corps paid their respects to their fallen general as his body … Continue reading

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John Sedgwick, 2022

I took time today, as I’m apt to do, to visit the site of John Sedgwick’s wounding on the anniversary of the event. It was a beautiful day to be out on the battlefield.

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The Death of “Uncle John”

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 … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 10/5-10/11/20

What if General John Sedgwick had not been killed at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House?

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Honoring Uncle John

I can’t let today pass without a tip of my hat to “Uncle John” Sedgwick, killed on this day in 1864 at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House.

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The Battle of Bank’s Ford and a Preview of Gettysburg

May 4, 1863, might have been one of the most frustrating days of the war for Robert E. Lee—no small bar considering some of his other frustrating days. But with the Federal Sixth Corps pinned against the Rappahannock River after … Continue reading

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With Sedgwick at Spotsylvania

Nothing like a monument dedication to spark some controversy. Subscribers to the National Tribune veterans’ newspaper or the Southern Historical Society Papers could expect a flurry of related articles immediately after a new monument appeared. John Watson Mauk, the Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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The Night March into Fredericksburg, May 2-3, 1863

The orders made no sense. Their recipient lacked the creativity to make them work. The Union army dawdled as its commanders traded confused messages, while Lee and Jackson struck their masterpiece victory. To explain why Joseph Hooker’s Chancellorsville campaign failed, … Continue reading

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Remembering John Sedgwick

As I explained in a post back in 2015, I take time on May 9 each year to visit the Spotsylvania Court House battlefield and pay my respects to Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick. Sedgwick was killed at the battle by … Continue reading

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