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MAJOR GENERAL JOHN SEDGWICK - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 300044

JOHN SEDGWICK 2½x4 carte de visite with the uniformed image and extremely rare signature of the Union general, who died at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in 1864. Photograph signed: "John Sedgwick/Major General/U.S.A.". Sepia, 2½x4 carte de visite by Rockwood of New York.

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Condition: slightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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JOHN SEDGWICK
2½x4 carte de visite with the uniformed image and extremely rare signature of the Union general, who died at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in 1864.
Photograph signed: "John Sedgwick/Major General/U.S.A.". Sepia, 2½x4 carte de visite by Rockwood of New York. West Point graduate John Sedgwick (1813-1864) would become the highest ranking Union officer killed in the Civil War. Brevetted to captain and then to major during Scott's advance on Mexico City (1846), he became a brigadier general at the beginning of the Civil War, rising swiftly to command of a brigade, a division, and finally a corps. He was promoted to major general on July 4, 1862. Severely wounded in combat with Stonewall Jackson's Confederates at Antietam, he recovered in time to see action at Chancellorsville and again at Gettysburg. Sedgwick was considered a highly reliable officer, popular with both his troops and his commanders. When U. S. Grant came east to face Robert E. Lee in 1864, he placed Sedgwick in command of VI Corps. He was slain on May 9, 1864, at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House while exhorting his troops to advance despite Confederate snipers. His last words were, "They couldn't hit an elephant from this range." West Point tradition says that a cadet in full dress uniform, under arms, who spins the spurs on Sedgwick's equestrian statue at midnight will do well on the final exams. Lightly worn. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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