Facts in Five

The Forgotten Major General George Sykes edition-

  • Sykes was promoted to Captain for bravery exhibited at the Battle of Cerro Gordo in April 1847
  • At First Bull Run, Sykes commanded the only Regular Army battalion on the field.  Sykes ordered the Regulars into a battle square and staved off disaster near the Stone Bridge
  • Sykes was promoted to Major General of Volunteers after the Battle of Antietam
  • “Tardy George” and “Slow Trot”  were nicknames attributed to him, yet his combat record contained no blemishes. 
  • Contrary to popular belief, Sykes was not relieved of command of the V Corps after Gettysburg- he requested extended medical leave and did not return to the Army of the Potomac
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