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Major General Edwin Vose Sumner (1797–1863)
Photographer: Brady Collection, National Portrait Gallery
Caption: Major General Edwin Vose Sumner (1797–1863)
Additional Description: In the fall of 1862, at the Battle of Antietam, Sumner was the center of controversy for ordering Brig. Gen. John Sedgwick's division to launch an attack into the West Woods on the morning of the battle. The assault was devastated by a Confederate counterattack, and Sedgwick's men were forced to retreat in great disorder to their starting point with over 2,200 casualties.
Submitted: October 15, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
Database Locator Identification Number: p333694
File Size: 0.242 Megabytes

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