Born: November 1, 1835
Died: March 19, 1884
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Godfrey Weitzel (1835-1884) was an engineer with the U. S. Army before the American Civil War; among his pre-war projects were helping to improve the defenses of New Orleans. He entered the war a first lieutenant on the Union side and was eventually promoted to major general in the volunteer service by the end of the war. Among Weitzel's accomplishments were being named acting mayor of New Orleans in 1862, after its capture by Union troops, chief engineer of the Department of the Gulf under General Benjamin F. Butler and of the Army of the James, as well as commanding the XXV Corps of black soldiers during the First Battle of Fort Fisher (Dec. 7 to 27, 1864). After the failure of these attacks, he was placed in command of all Union soldiers north of Virginia's Appomattox River and, on April 3, 1865, captured the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. Weitzel mustered back into the regular army in 1866 with a rank of major, building lighthouses and a lock on the Soo Canal.

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