Sedgwick fought and was wounded at the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862. This time his wounds were severe enough to require a brief disability leave. Sedgwick returned home to Cornwall until the end of December.
Struck by a bullet in the leg, and again in the wrist, pale and dripping with his own blood, he rode among his soldiers, while the hurricane of fire and death devoured them, and his mighty will strove to reform his melting columns and hold the enemy at bay; but in the midst a third shot struck him, and he was borne insensible from the field.
~ George William Curtis, describing Sedgwick’s injuries at the Battle of Antietam during his oration at the dedication of Sedgwick’s Statue at West Point, 1868
Soon after Sedgwick returned to service, he was placed in command of the VI Corps, and led them through the storming of Marye’s Heights above Fredericksburg (May 3, 1863), the Battle of Gettysburg (July 2-3, 1863), the Rapidan Campaign (September – December, 1863), and the Battle of the Wilderness (May 5-6, 1863).