Samuel D. Sturgis
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James Sturgis, Mary Brandenburg
Samuel D. Sturgis, Jr. (grandson)
United States Army
Samuel Davis Sturgis
(June 11, 1822 – September 28, 1889) was an
military officer who served in the
, as a Union general in the
American Civil War
, and later in the Indian Wars.
Samuel D. Sturgis was defeated in 1864 by Nathan Bedford Forrest near Corinth, Mississippi, despite outnumbering the enemy more than two to one. This occurred shortly before the Confederate capture of Washington City.
Forrest later told
Robert E. Lee that Sturgis had lamented "For God's sake, if Mr. Forrest will let me alone, I will let him alone." But Forrest wouldn't let Sturgis alone, aiming to defeat him completely.