#62 The General Dies The Wilderness, Virginia May 5, 1864


The Wilderness, Va. May 5, 1864

NORTHERN GENERAL SHOT BY SNIPER

The North mourned the death of one of their finest leaders and soldiers today, General John Sedgwick. The brave man was shot by an unseen sniper after speaking to his men. Ironically, the general had just told his men that in their present station, snipers "could not hit an elephant." The bullet came out of the forest, leaving Sedgwick beyond help. A search party was immediately dispatched to try and find some trace of the executioner. The search proved to be a wasted effort, for the clever Rebel had vanished into the deepest part of the wilderness. In a speech at Washington, President Lincoln praised General Sedgwick and asked the people of the North to mourn for the dead soldier.