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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is May 9, 1864.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spotsylvania VA 22553, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Sedgwick (here, next to this marker); Laurel Hill Trail (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). Touch for a list and map 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 Sedgwick's death. (Submitted on November 19, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. The Killing of "Uncle John"(Submitted on December 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,253 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 4. submitted on September 17, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 5. submitted on March 29, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 6. submitted on August 13, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.