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    Union Major General John Sedgwick Family Archive Including a Business Ledger, Photographs and Miscellaneous Ephemera. John Sedgwick (1813-1864) was a career military officer who, along with Major General John F. Reynolds, was the highest-ranking U.S. soldier killed in the Civil War. He was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter at the at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse while uttering his now famous last words: "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." The most important item in the archive is a 6 ½ x 8-inch hard-bound ledger with entries dating from September 23, 1851 until about October 10, 1864. Presumably the ledger concerns a family business which included not only General Sedgwick but his sister and brother. The Sedgwick family were residents of Cornwall, Connecticut. The house General Sedgwick was born in burned in 1859 and he built a home across the street in 1862. Many of the entries during that period are for building-related supplies and labor so it may indeed have concerned the building of his new home among other things. There are five full John Sedgwick signatures contained within the pages of the ledger. Once the general was killed his sister, Emily took over the estate and continued to for a short while to keep records. A note, in her hand written below a May 7, 1864 entry reads in full: "Gen. John Sedgwick died May 9, 1864. I being appointed Adminstrating [sic] on his Estate, carry over my account & the next [illegible]. Emily Sedgwick". There is also an accounting of General Sedgwick's farm stock as of May 9, 1864. The remainder of the archive includes a nice engraved of the general in uniform framed in a period oval frame and a host of images associated with later members of the Sedgwick family, circa 1860-1900.

    Condition: Very good.


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    Auction Dates
    December, 2017
    10th Sunday
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