Archive for the ‘famous last words’ Category


September 9, 2009

Oh what’s the bloody point?

Kenneth Williams’ last diary entry, April 15th 1998

Everything lacks meaning…The goal is lacking. The answer is lacking to our ‘why?’


Death might be unexpected

August 6, 2009

General John Sedgwick (1813-1864) was a corps commander in the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.  At the battle of the Wilderness, while inspecting his troops, he approached a parapet and peered out over the surrounding countryside.  His officers and men urged him to take cover from small arms fire, but Sedgwick scoffed at their concerns, “What! What men! This will never do, dodging from single bullets! They couldn’t hit an elephant at this dist–.”

As the general spoke his last words, he was shot in the head by a Confederate sharpshooter.