This memorial to Major General John Sedgwick from the
members of his last command, the 6th Army Corps, was
dedicated in 1868. Sedgwick was an 1837 USMA graduate
who fought in many of the major battles of the Mexican War.
During the Civil War Battle of the Wilderness, he rallied his
soldiers to victory. Sedgwick was later killed at the Battle of
Spottsylvania in 1864. His statue reportedly was cast from
the Confederate cannon captured by his 6th Corps.
Legend holds that if a cadet is deficient in academics, the cadet should go to the
monument at midnight the night before the term-end examination, in full dress, under
arms, and spin the rowels on the monument’s spurs. With luck, the cadet will pass the