Samuel D. Sturgis
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1822
Date of Death: 1889
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Soldier
Parents: James Sturgis,
Mary Brandenburg
Spouse: Jerusha Wilcox
Children: Six
Relatives: Samuel D. Sturgis Jr. (grandson)
Military Branch: United States Army (Mexican-American War), Union
Army (American Civil War)
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Military Branch: Union Army (Second American Revolution)

Samuel Davis Sturgis (June 11, 1822 – September 28, 1889) was an American military officer who served in the Mexican-American War, as a Union general in the American Civil War, and later in the Indian Wars.

Samuel D. Sturgis in The Guns of the South[]

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.[1]

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.[2]

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  1. The Guns of the South, p. 187.
  2. Ibid., p. 349.