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LTC William Frederick Niemeyer
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Birth: May 12, 1840
Death: May 12, 1864

Civil War Confederate Army Officer. His preparatory education was at Norfolk Military Academy. He then attended the United States Military Academy, resigning in 1861 to join the Confederacy. Ten days after turning twenty-two years old, he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 61st Regiment of Virginia Infantry. His command was prominent in all of the battles in which his regiment participated. He was killed on his twenty-fourth birthday at the Bloody Angle during the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse. In an advance, the Confederates overran two sets of works, but were stopped by a third, where massed 9th Corps artillery and infantry musketry raked his brigade. According to an officer, Niemeyer "lost his life in attempting to capture a beautiful iron gray horse elegently caparisoned which was walking about riderless between the lines." The shot that killed him was from a Union sharpshooter that pierced his chest as he mounted the stray horse on the field. Niemeyer was one of the Confederate army's most promising young officers, and his fall was greatly lamented. He was set to receive he promotion to Brigadier General the day he died. He was given the papers to be signed so he could officially be promoted, but said he would sign them after the battle. General William Mahone was deeply moved by the death of his protégé; it is reported that the young colonel's body, still immaculately uniformed, was laid on top of the table in the General's tent. General Mahone stood with his head bowed in silence, and used his long white coat to wipe the mud from Colonel Niemyer's boots, which had been muddied when he fell from his horse.

 
 
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 Parents:
  William Angus Niemeyer (1816 - 1900)
  Sarah Chandler Niemeyer (1821 - 1904)
 
 Spouse:
  Sarah Campbell Smith Niemeyer (1840 - 1901)
 
 Children:
  John Frederick Niemeyer (1864 - 1930)*
 
 Siblings:
  William Frederick Niemeyer (1840 - 1864)*
  William Frederick Niemeyer (1840 - 1864)
  John Chandler Niemeyer (1842 - 1863)*
  Henry Victor Niemeyer (1845 - 1941)*
  Sarah Howard Niemeyer (1847 - 1899)*
  George McKendree Niemeyer (1850 - 1906)*
  Arthur E Niemeyer (1852 - 1944)*
  Samuel Watts Niemeyer (1858 - 1942)*
  John C Niemeyer (1864 - 1933)*
  Mary Chandler Niemeyer Robertson (1865 - 1958)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section B Lot 174
 
Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Aug 10, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28913155
LTC William Frederick Niemeyer
Added by: George Seitz
 
LTC William Frederick Niemeyer
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LTC William Frederick Niemeyer
Added by: George Seitz
 
 
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- Jeffry Burden
 Added: Aug. 20, 2013

- Anne Wyatt
 Added: Aug. 11, 2008

- George Seitz
 Added: Aug. 11, 2008
 
 
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