Monday, May 9, 1864
General John Sedgwick of the Union Sixth Corps was tragically killed by a Confederate sharpshooter while deploying his troops near Spotsylvania. Immediately before his death Sedgwick was reported as saying "they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance." General Sedgwick, nicknamed "Uncle John," was one of the most beloved generals in the Army of the Potomac.1
1"Battle of Spotsylvania Court House," Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (http: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Spotsylvania_Court_House: 09 May 2014).