Pattern Officers McClellan Saddle of Major General John Sedgwick

John Sedgwick began his Civil War career during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and was known as a fearless and talented commander. He was promoted to major general the same year, but was then wounded at Antietam, although he recovered in time to command the VI Corps during the Fredericksburg Campaign. His command was in reserve during Gettysburg but fought later at Rappahannock Bridge. In 1864 Sedgwick led his corps at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania, and it was during the latter battle that he met his death in a tragic and ironic manner on May 9, 1864. He was with the forward troops and had just reassured the soldiers near him that the Confederate sharpshooters opposite "couldn't hit an elephant from that distance" when he was shot in the head and died instantly. The saddle shown here was presented to him by the officers of the 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps.

1 Pair of saddle revolver holsters mounted in front of the saddle pommel

2 Martingale or breast strap with brass presentation plaque

3 Saddle valise for stowage of personal items and additional articles of clothing

4 Saddle bags for the stowage of various additional items of clothing and equipment

5 General officer's shrabraque or saddle covering, with the insignia of a major general

6 Sweat leathers to prevent soiling of the rider's uniform

7 Stirrups and hoods for the protection of the rider's feet

Aitifacts couHesy ol West Pumi Museum. M%sl Point. N Y
Generel Georg Thomas

Below: George H. Thomas, who became known as "The Rock of Chickamauga."

Mcclellan Officers Saddle Valise

Major General George H. Thomas, U.S.A.

There was never anything flamboyant about George H Thomas, though he was unfailingly competent. He was somewhat more punctilious about uniform and appearance than many Yankee commanders and usually appeared in full regulation attire, as seen here. He wears a regulation general officer's coat, with black velvet cuffs and collar and is obviously a major general, as denoted by the two stars, which are barely visible on his shoulder straps, but much more clearly seen on his regulation saddle blanket. His uniform is in regulation blue, with the correct yellow belt sash, and a flat-brimmed variation of the old Hardee or "Jeff Davis" hat, with yellow cord. He sits on a black leather McClellan saddle, complete with pommel holsters and leather-covered blanket roll at rear. George Thomas was a sturdy man of large, fleshy build, with a grim set of jaw that betrayed his determined, if plodding, nature. No one ever accused him of flourish, but he was unfailingly dependable, and, in a Civil War commander, that was a commodity much to be desired.

Below: George H. Thomas, who became known as "The Rock of Chickamauga."

John Sedgwick

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