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Sedgwick, John (Civil War Union general) - Last Words of a General
John Sedgwick, a Union commander during the Civil War, uttered these last words about the enemy forces during a battle:
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--"
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found this in a book called "776 Stupidest Things Ever Said"
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Darth Ewok writes:
He was killed by Confederate snipers, to whom he was referring when he said it. In case anyone's interested, it was in the battle of Spotsylvania.
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BuzzBomb writes:
Actually, thanks to the History Channel, he was actually referring to the enemy snipers when he was killed. It was "History of the Gun - Snipers", IIRC.
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Jeff Kramer writes:
I first came across this story in "The Experts Speak," a collection of "expert wisdom" edited by Victor Navasky and Christopher Cerf. If you enjoy this site, you might like that book also.
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Dave Besag writes:
According to Wikipedia the exact quote is an urban myth. He said something along the lines of the quote a few minutes before being shot. However, it's not his last line and he wasn't shot in the middle of it.
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