(1835–1884) U.S. army officer and engineer. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Godfrey Weitzel graduated from West Point in 1855 with a commission in the engineers. Early in the war he served as chief engineer for the Department of the Ohio and then for Benjamin Butler's expedition that captured New Orleans. Weitzel was appointed brigadier general of volunteers in August 1862 and commanded a division in the assault on Port Hudson. He rejoined Butler in the Army of the James in 1864, taking command of XVIII Corps and capturing Fort Harrison in September. In December he transferred to XXV Corps for the unsuccessful attack on Fort Fisher, North Carolina. He took part in the final campaigns around Richmond, taking possession of the city on April 3, 1865 and receiving a brevet to major general of regulars. After the war he resumed his engineer duties at a much reduced rank, building ship canals at Louisville and Sault Sainte Marie.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.