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"Lucky" John Sedgwick - West Point

Posted by
Monterey John (Hollister, CA, United States) on 1 October 2010 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

John Sedgwicj was a general in the Union Army during the Civil War. He had numerous horses shot out from under him and sustained several minor wounds, all of which he survived earning him the nick-name "Lucky" until ...

General Sedgwick goes down in the annals of "Famous Last Words."

At the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House in the spring of 1864 he was directing his corp. He was standing out in plain site of the Confederate enemy albeit at a considerable distance. His staff warned him not to expose himself in that manner. Senior officers were a favored target of Rebel snipers.

General Sedgwick replied, "Those rebs couldn't hit an elephant at this range."

Moments later the lucky general lay dead on the battlefield with a bullet hole square between his eyes.

Canon EOS 40D 1/100 second F/8.0 ISO 200 43 mm

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Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Beautiful statue John, I like the blue tones here. Very interesting story too ! Have a nice day :)

1 Oct 2010 9:23am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Lucky? NOT! ... I like your POV for this statue.

1 Oct 2010 1:08pm

JJ from Jersey City, United States

Super shot of this statue I like the perspective, perhaps he got over confident in his nickname

1 Oct 2010 1:57pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Nice perspective. I love the blue tones! Nice work

3 Oct 2010 2:46am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful! You might want to take this down 8"!

7 Oct 2010 10:23pm

Canon EOS 40D
1/100 second
ISO 200
43 mm