By August, 1863, Sedgwick was growing weary of the war. Camped at Warrenton, Virginia on August 23, 1863, he wrote to his sister Emily:
I can scarcely hope to make you a visit this fall. I had hoped that something would turn up that would give me a few days’ leave, but cannot see it now. I feel that I have done more than my share of field duty in the last four years; there are many General officers that have never been in the field, and I am one of the very few that started out and have been constantly on duty with the Army of the Potomac.
Sedgwick’s spirits were lifted on August 26, when the officers of his old command, the Second Division, II Corps, honored him with a special ceremony during which they presented him with an ornate gilt sword encrusted with diamonds, pearls, and amethysts, as well as a horse and saddle, and other equipment.