Monuments to Individuals at Gettysburg


The equestrian monument to Major General John Sedgwick is south of Gettysburg on Sedgwick Avenue. (39.796224° N, 77.233863° W; Google map; Tour map: Sedgwick Avenue) It was dedicated in 1913 by the State of Connecticut.

The statue of General Sedgwick mounted on his horse, Handsome Joe, was created by Henry K. Bush-Brown, who also created the equestrian statues of Generals Meade and Reynolds at Gettysburg as well as the bust of Lincoln on the Lincoln Speech Memorial.

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Commander of the 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac

Monument to Union Major General John Sedgwick at Gettysburg

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From the tablets on both sides of monument:

Major General John Sedgwick
In command of
The Sixth Corps Army of the Potomac
at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,
The Wilderness, and Spotsylvania.
Born at Cornwall, Conn. September 13th 1813.
Killed at Spotsylvania, Va. May 9th 1864

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Erected by the State of Connecticut
In grateful memory of the service
given to the nation by her honored son
John Sedgwick
Loyal citizen, Illustrious soldier
Beloved commander

Mosaic from the base of the monument to Union Major General John Sedgwick at Gettysburg

Mosaic from the base of the monument (click to enlarge)

John Sedgwick graduated 24th out of 50 cadets from the West Point Class of 1837 and served in a variety of posts, including the armies of both Taylor and Scott during the Mexican War. In 1855 he became the major of the 1st Cavalry Regiment, whose colonel was Robert E. Lee. Sedgwick took over from Lee as Colonel when Lee resigned his commission.

Sedgwick went on to command a division in the Peninsula, where he was wounded. He was wounded three more times and distinguished for gallantry in the East Woods at Antietam. He briefly commanded the 11th Corps before being given the 6th Corps, and performed well during the Chancellorsville campaign.

At Gettysburg the 6th Corps was the last to arrive on the field after an epic 30 mile night and day march. Although much of the corps remained in reserve during the battle, various portions were committed as needed at scattered points about the field. At one point Sedgwick found himself commanding units on both the extreme right and left flanks of the army.

After Gettysburg Sedgwick continued to distinguish himself and the 6th Corps. He was killed by a sharpshooter at Spottsylvania on May 9, 1864 shortly after announcing that “they couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” He is honored by a monument on the Spotsylvania battlefield near the location where he was killed. John Sedgwick was the senior United States officer killed in the Civil War.

A lifelong bachelor, Sedgwick was buried at Cornwall Hollow, Connecticut.

Monument to Union Major General John Sedgwick at Gettysburg