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John Sedgwick

Born: Sep 13, 1813

Death: May 9, 1864

Birthplace: Cornwall

Nationality: United States

John Sedgwick

Date of Birth : Sep 13, 1813
Date of Death : May 9, 1864
Birth Place : Cornwall

John Sedgwick was a teacher, a career military officer, and a Union Army general in the American Civil War. He was the highest ranking Union casualty in the Civil War, killed by a sharpshooter at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, and is well-remembered for his ironic last words: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."

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