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Original Autograph of Union General John Sedgwick KIA at Spotsylvania
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Here is fine original ink autograph of the famous Union General John Sedgwick. Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick was one of the most experienced and competent officers in the Army of the Potomac. Sedwick was born on September 13th 1813, he graduated from West Point in 1837. He then served in the Seminole War, the Mexican War, and at various posts in the West. He became a brigadier general at the beginning of the Civil War and led a division at Antietam, where he was seriously wounded. Returning to duty in 1863, Sedgwick was placed in command of the Sixth Corps, which he led at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. By the Overland Campaign, he was the army's highest ranking officer after only Meade. In the early summer of 1864, Sedgwick led his corps with typical reliability at the outset of Grant's Overland campaign. On may 9th 1864 at the battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, he was personally directing artillery placements and forming his line when he uttered his last, now famous, words, "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." Just then, in a moment of profound irony, he was struck and killed by a Confederate bullet. When Grant heard the news he could hardly believe it, repeatedly asking, "Is he really dead'"Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick was the highest-ranking Union casualty of the war. He is buried near his home in Cornwall Hollow in Cornwall, Connecticut. This autograph is from a sheet of paper from a ledger book that is dated 1856. In fine brown ink it reads "John Sedgwick". The sheet of paper 6-1/4th inches by 7-1/2 inches in overall size. It is accompanied by a modern made xerox image of the General in his uniform.

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