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Civil War Soldiers - Woodbury
|Woodbury, Daniel P.,
brigadier-general, U.S. Army, was born at New London, Merrimack
county, N. H., Dec. 16, 1812. He graduated at West Point in 1836, was
soon transferred from the artillery to the engineers, was employed
until 1840 upon the Cumberland road in Ohio, and for the next seven
years at Boston harbor and elsewhere on the coast. Between 1847 and
1850 he constructed Forts Kearny and Laramie for the defense of the
route to Oregon, and afterward Forts Jefferson and Taylor at the
Tortugas and Key West. He became a captain in 1853, a major and
lieutenant-colonel in 1861, and a brigadier-general of volunteers in
March, 1862. He bore a part in preparing the defenses of Washington,
in organizing the engineer corps of the Army of the Potomac, and as
commander of the brigade of engineers was of great service at Yorktown
and in the operations about Richmond, especially in the Seven Days'
battles. At Fredericksburg he won the brevet of brigadier-general in
the regular army by his gallantry in throwing bridges across the river
under a heavy fire. In March, 1863, he was sent to command at Key
West, Fla., and there received the brevet of major-general, U. S. A.
Gen. Woodbury died at Key West, Fla., of yellow fever, Aug. 15, 1864.
Source: The Union Army: A History of Military Affairs in the Loyal
States 1861-1865, Volume 8 Biographical, 1908