|"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 Spotsylvania 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 monumentís spurs. With luck, the cadet will pass the test."
from The USMA Visitor's Center Points of Interest
Note: The time clock on the camera was set on California time...they really were out there after midnight.
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