John Sedgwick Quick Facts

Name Meaning

John is of Hebrew origin and means”God is gracious”.
Gen. John Sedgwick

Vital Stats

Birthday: September 13th, 1813
Birth Name: John Sedgwick
Birthplace: Cornwall Hollow, Connecticut
Date of Death: May 9th, 1864
Cause of death: Killed in action
Place of death: Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Nationality: American
Ancestry: English
Occupation before Civil War:
Teacher prior to admission to
West Point, then career army officer
Occupation during Civil War:
U.S. army officer, rising to rank
of Major General and Corps commander

Major Battles:

Peninsula Campaign, Antietam,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,
Mine Run Campaign,
Wilderness Campaign


Father: Benjamin Sedgwick (1781-1857)
Mother: Olive Collins Sedgwick (1783-1859)
Brother: Philo Sedgwick (1810-1867)
Sister: Olive Sedgwick (1817 – 1856)
Sister: Emily Sedgwick (1819 – 1902)
Sister: Eliza Sedgwick (1824 – 1831)


John Sedgwick was a lifelong bachelor


General John Sedgwick, the story of a Union corps commander
by Richard Elliot Winslow

Generals in Blue by Ezra Warner

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