National Archives at Kansas City

Author G. William Quatman to Discuss -A Young General and the Fall of Richmond: The Life and Career of Godfrey Weitzel-

Press Release: January 7, 2016

Author G. William Quatman to Discuss A Young General and the Fall of Richmond: The Life and Career of Godfrey Weitzel

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Thursday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives will host author G. William Quatman for a discussion of his book A Young General and the Fall of Richmond: The Life and Career of Godfrey Weitzel. A free light reception will precede the discussion at 6:00 p.m.

Despite his military achievements and his association with many of the great names of American history, Godfrey Weitzel (1835-1884) is perhaps the least known of all the Union generals. After graduating from West Point, Weitzel, a German immigrant from Cincinnati, was assigned to the Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans. The secession of Louisiana in 1861, with its key port city of New Orleans, was the first of a long and unlikely series of events that propelled the young Weitzel to the center of many of the Civil War's key battles and brought him into the orbit of such well-known personages as Lee, Beauregard, Butler, Farragut, Porter, Grant, and Lincoln. Weitzel quickly rose through the ranks and was promoted to brigadier general and, eventually to major general and commander of Twenty-Fifth Corps, the Union Army's only all-black corps. After fighting in numerous campaigns in Louisiana and Virginia, on April 3, 1865, Weitzel marched his troops into Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy, capturing the city for the Union and precipitating the eventual collapse of the Southern states' rebellion.

Copies of Quatman's book will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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