9 May 1864-Major General John Sedgwick was killed by a single bullet to the head. His last words were reported to have been, "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance".
At the time of his death, he was overseeing preparations for the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. Confederate sharp-shooters were firing occasional bullets at the Union troops, causing some of them to duck for cover. Sedgwick refused to be concerned, and was struck by a bullet just below his left eye, dying instantly.
Sedgwick was the highest ranking Union officer to be killed during the war. He was loved by all that knew him, and his death came as a shock. Sedgwick was buried at Cornwall Hollow,