Sedgwick, often called "Uncle John" by his men, commanded the 2d
Division in Edwin V. Sumner's II Corps, Army of the Potomac. At
Antietam, in the West Woods, Sedgewick's men helped support I Corps
under Joseph Hooker against Thomas J. Jackson's
men, losing more than 2,200 men in less than 30 minutes. The remnants
of Sedgwick's division, along with the remainder of Sumner's corps,
engaged James Longstreet's troops under Richard Anderson near the Mumma Farm.
During the Battle of Gettysburg Sedgwick's VI Corps, stationed just to the northeast of Little Round Top, was held in reserve. In 1864, Sedgwick was killed at Spotsylvania. After admonishing one his men who was hiding from Confederate sharpshooters by saying, "They cannot hit an elephant at this distance," he was shot through the head and died instantly.
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