Near Spotsylvania in Spotsylvania County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Death of Sedgwick
The shot that killed John Sedgwick, the highest-ranking Northern officer to die on a Civil War battlefield, came from a Whitworth rifle at a distance of more than 500 yards. The identity of the marksman who fired the fatal shot remains a mystery, although at least five Confederate soldiers later claimed responsibility.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 38° 13.081′ N, 77° 36.872′ W. Marker was near Spotsylvania, Virginia, in Spotsylvania County. Marker was on Brock Road (County Route 613) near Grant Drive, on the right when traveling west. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Sedgwick (here, next to this marker); Laurel Hill (a few steps from this marker); The Race for Spotsylvania Court House (a few steps from this marker); Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Spotsylvania Campaign (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Death of Sedgwick (a few steps from this marker); A Different Kind of War (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Testing the Line: May 8-10 (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Spotsylvania.
More about this marker. This marker was replaced by a new one also named The Death of Sedgwick (see nearby markers)
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Memorials and markers to John Sedgwick
Also see . . .
1. The Death of General John Sedgwick. An historical record of the event by Martin T. McMahon, Brevet Major-General, United States Volunteers; Chief-of-Staff, Sixth Corps at the time of (Submitted on November 19, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. The Killing of "Uncle John". Article by Fred Ray analyzing the incident. (Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,099 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 5. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.