A Young General and the Fall of Richmond: The Life and by G. William Quatman

By G. William Quatman

“G. William Quatman has written a perfectly precise research of [Weitzel’s] lifestyles and Civil battle carrier. The ebook is deeply researched, good illustrated with maps, and offers an engaging and compelling tale of Weitzel’s existence and services.” —Blue & Gray


Despite his army achievements and his organization with the various nice names of yank background, Godfrey Weitzel (1835–1884) might be the least identified of the entire Union generals. After graduating from West aspect, Weitzel, a German immigrant from Cincinnati, was once assigned to the military Corps of Engineers in New Orleans. The secession of Louisiana in 1861, with its key port urban, used to be the 1st of a protracted and not likely sequence of occasions that propelled the younger Weitzel to the guts of some of the Civil War’s key battles and taken him into the orbit of such famous personages as Lee, Beauregard, Butler, Farragut, Porter, supply, and Lincoln. Weitzel speedy rose in the course of the ranks and was once promoted to brigadier common and finally to commander of the Twenty-Fifth Corps, the Union Army’s simply all-black unit. After struggling with in several campaigns in Louisiana and Virginia, on April three, 1865, Weitzel marched his troops into Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, taking pictures town for the Union and precipitating the eventual cave in of the Southern states’ rebellion.

G. William Quatman’s minute-by-minute narrative of the autumn of Richmond lends new perception into the war’s finish, and his willing study into archival assets provides intensity and nuance to the occasions and the personalities that formed the process the Civil War.

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