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Gen Danville Leadbetter

Gen Danville Leadbetter

Birth
Leeds, Androscoggin County, Maine, USA
Death 26 Sep 1866 (aged 55)
New London, Queens County, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Burial Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 11008 · View Source
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Civil War Confederate Brigadier General. He graduated 3rd in the West Point class of 1836, and held positions in the artillery and engineers until being assigned permanently to the engineers in July 1837. His engineering service ended with his resignation as Captain on October 16, 1852, to accept appointment as chief engineer for the state of Alabama. He lived and worked in Mobile until secession, advising state Confederates early in 1861 on the defense of Mobile Bay. His reputation in engineering won him a commission as Colonel in the Confederate army and an appointment as acting chief of the Bureau of Engineers. From his Richmond office he corresponded with officers on the defense of Mobile and other coastal fortifications, traveled to Virginia's peninsula advising on the defense of Yorktown, and on November 10, 1861, was sent west to oversee railroad, bridge, and communications construction and repair in East Tennessee. He was promoted to Brigadier General, and commanded troops in the field, and guarded against Unionist sabotage in the area. On February 27, 1862, he was dispatched to Cumberland Gap. Next attached to General Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee, he arranged the Confederate lines overlooking Chattanooga. He was then sent to assist Lieutenant General James Longstreet, who was besieging Knoxville. His work there was criticized and rejected by Longstreet's subordinates. He stayed with the Army of Tennessee until it was expelled from the state, then spent the remainder of the war supervising the defenses of Mobile. After the war, he went to Mexico, then Canada, dying near Niagara Falls, Ontario.

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  • Added: 16 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11008
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Danville Leadbetter (26 Aug 1811–26 Sep 1866), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11008, citing Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .