D.C. streets that are named after Civil War heros – Sedgwick, Upton, Rodman

  • Sedgwick St. – John Sedgwick was a commander in the Army of the Potomac. He performed brilliantly under fire in the battles of Antietam and Gettysburg. He died from sniper fire at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse in 1864. His last words were “they couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.” Ulysses S. Grant said that he would rather lose 1,000 men than John Sedgwick.




  • Upton St – is named after Emory Upton, a general in the Army of the Potomac that revolutionized how infantry could attack entrenched defenders. After the war he trained the Russian Army on American infantry tactics prior to the Franco-Russian War in 1871.  His work, The Military Policy of the United States, which analyzed American military policies and practices and presented the first systematic examination of the nation’s military history, had a tremendous effect on the U.S. Army when it was published posthumously in 1904.






  • Rodman St – is named after a Isaac Rodman, a Commander in the Army of the Potomac that held off A.P. Hill’s counter attack at the Battle of Antietam, where he was fatally shot through the left lung. At his funeral, Senator Henry B. Anthony said of Rodman: “Here lies the true type of the patriot soldier. Born and educated to peaceful pursuits, with no thirst for military distinction, with little taste or predilection for military life, he answered the earliest call of his country, and drew his sword in her defense.”




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