Today in military history (TIMH) – the death of Major General John Sedgwick.
Major General John Sedgwick was the highest ranking Union officer killed during the war. He died on this date in 1864 during the Battle of Spotsylvania. He was warned about Confederate sharpshooters and responded with “They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” Within minutes of uttering this statement, a Confederate sharpshooter proved him wrong. He was buried in Cornwall Hollow, Litchfield County, Connecticut near his birthplace. Find-A-Grave memorial link. BillionGraves cemetery link. You can read more about his death on the Civil War Trust’s article about it.
Sedgwick, Kansas and Sedgwick County, Kansas were both named in memory of General Sedgwick.