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Major General John Sedgwick

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Day
20
Month
May
Year
1864
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Public Domain
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The nation wül be startled to learn that Major Ganeral .Telia Sedgwick, ono of the nobles', bnvost, and best of the ;eiior:us ia our service, bas fallen - bas died on tho bntt! field whüc heroically eading hfa gal fan t crps. 'xher. ia in ,his sad event occasion for the roost sincere rtgret. whioh wil] be feit by :ill true jatriotB, for he lir.s ezhibited on so many onportr.:. :!'"■■ rtw most ircdomitabie courage, the greatcst devotiou to liis oountrj, ïud every quality wijicli ondoars on e soldier to anotlier and aiy soldier to the people. Ho bas fallen wiih bis face to the foc, and whila rcadj to grasp tho bonors of a well íongltt 'oattle aud share the glories of a brilhant viotory. Had lie li ved he wculd bave been one on whom all would have ddightcd to shower lionors. As be bus died, none will fail to mourn with sincere regret the loas of one wbo was a gentleman, a friend, and in every respect a soldier. Major General John Scdgwick waa a nativo of Connecticnt, frorn which state he was appoiuted to West Point, aüd graduated at that institutioii n 1837 ; receiving the brevet rank of second licutenant in the Seeond Regiment of Artill'Ty. He w:is promoted to a lieutenaney in 1839, and behaved with sueh gallantry during the Mexican campaign, Ibat he was premoted to a captainey, and subsequently to a niítjority, by brevet He was fully commissioned as captain in 1849, and in 1855 was made major in the First Cavalry In April, 1861, he was made colonel of the Fourth Cavalry, whicli was the rank - in the regular army - that he bore at the time of his death. In August, 1861, he was made brigadier general of volunteers, and assigned to General Stone's cotnmancl on the Upper Potomac. During the Peninsular carapaigu he led a división in Geo Sumuer's corps. ïïis commission as major general of vnlunteers dates Ju!y 4, 18 2. At the battle of Antietain ho vas severely wounded, but, recoverini;, was consigned to the comuiand of tiia Ninth corps when General Burnside took the baton of the A roiy of the Potomac ; subsequently ha was transferred to the Sixth corps, when General Ilooker reorganized thearmy - Such is, in brief, hin military history. Geuerul Sedgwick had little opportiuiity in the present war in which to distinguish himself as a commauder until the Peninfular campaign. There he exhibited those military traits which attracted the attention of his cotnmanding officer and tnarked him as a candidato for promotion to major general, which he soon received. He was then assigned to the command of a división. At Antietam he displayed the utmost heroism, :ind, as is above stated, was wounded in the engagement. He did not recover from li is wound until late in the autumn, and tlien liaslORed to enter active service. He was soon after ofiered the commatd (f the Army of the Potomac, but de clined it, and General Hooker was appointed. At the baltle of Chaiicillorsvi lle General Sedgwick dUplayed that courage and berois.u which, had it not been For the faults of others, and owing to circumstances over which he had no control, wi:uld have turned that disaster into victory in all probabilhy. Comniauding as he did a üetached portion of tho grand army, and assigned a certain work to perform, he leJ bis men directly up the heights of Mary'a hill, charged O"er them, and soon liad the key to tbe reb 1 poeition. He then advahced to fortn a junction with the main ariny, hut beiore this could bo accomplished the day was lost, and hc was compelled to mako his way baiïlc acrosa the llappahanuock as besi he could, leaviue the scène of lus late esploit iu the hauds oí the then victorious enemy. For his conduet on this occasion hc won the higlicst distinction aintng liis countrjmen, and the President was not siow to acknowledge his merite, and again oflVred him tho command of the Ariny of the Po oinao. This honor he aguiu deciiucd, aud remainod with his uid Sixth, which hud beoome endeütud to him and he to tham by áo tnany bloody but glorious recolleoliona. Of his fonduet in the late engagement nothing but praisc can be utterod. He was tt asigfietll un mipurtfint position on the ngln of tho army, and most gallantly did he inaintain it thruugh the entire li;ittlo. ïhe particutars of his dea'h we have not learned, but he was killed in the eogagc'tieUfs ut or oeaf Spnttsylvania on Motiday. Gen bral Sedgwick was nbout fifty years of age, and a bnuhclor. lle was a iriiin of excellent lnmior, quiet in man nar, and i phii-i, iinassuining antloman. Ho gathered iibout liim u lmlúanc utaff of tlie youiigest nu'ii in the arniy, whora he inurcd to tln bardsbrps'of a soldier's lite, wiiilo he spared no piins to uiake tlieir ftav uith liiin, ia a niihtnry Benso, pleasant. Tlioy did nut enjoy the iuxiry of' uuiloitahlo (fuarters. huHever, wlule on active duty, for tln-ir commander .riiroly availud bimselt' of tlie privilege K'er.rdod his r:n.k to enhance h is owti oitufort bv ;l buuse wlien u tent would nuswer the purpose ;is woll. Wlion ia BCttan, Geuoral Séagwick wus ahnost inv;u ial.'l y n the front where tho üght was hottest ; and when op the niareb, or Crossing a diíhoult ford, he gotierully supariofended the tnovetneot himself. - His remawis ba va been taken to Fraderickslmrg, preparatory to being seut North. Tbe losa to tbe country at this time may be consiilercd in tbe light of a disaster. Ho was oneof the ablest, of our ! generáis, ind, ui & lieutenant, bore the j same rtjlatiop to Gen. Urant or General Meade that "Stonewall" Jaeksoa did to Lee -New York World. J5P The too irequont ie ojf iinthority impairs it II thunder were coDtinuai, it vyóold excite no more scDSatiou ! thítü tbc roÍlc día

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