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The Photographic History of The Civil War: in ten volumes, Thousands of Scenes Photographed 1861-65, with Text by many Special Authorities, Volume 5: Forts and Artillery. (ed. Francis Trevelyan Miller) 6 2 Browse Search
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was constructed to defend this important bridge from assault on the Virginia side of the Potomac. Fort Strong was originally Fort De Kalb and with Forts Corcoran, Bennett and Woodbury constituted the defense of the bridge at the time the capital was threatened by the Confederates after Lee's defeat of General Pope's army in August, 1862. Union arch of the Washington aqueduct: guarding the aqueduct — forts at an upper Potomac approach to Washington Loading 32-Pounders in Corcoran and Woodbury Down the Potomac from Union arch The line once established by the location of the larger forts, the process already employed on the Virginia side was used to fill in the gaps. Supporting works of usually less strength, were placed within rifle-range along the crest. The problem of resting the left of the line on the Potomac, however, was more difficult. There were two matters of paramount importance, the consideration of which indicated a position for the line quite different fro
a high point of efficiency. On the Peninsula a brigade, consisting of the Fifteenth and Fiftieth New York Volunteer Engineers, was commanded by Brigadier-General Daniel Phineas Woodbury, a West Point graduate of the class of 1836, and a captain of engineersat the outbreak of the war. In the Peninsula campaign the engineers were afortification and building bridges. Woodbury's Bridge across the Chickahominy did notable service. Gallant and meritorious conduct in this campaign secured General Woodbury the rank of colonel in the United States Army. At Fredericksburg similar service connected with the work of the pontoon trains brought for him the rank of brigadier-general. He was brevetted major-general August 15, 1864. Fighting with sharpened sticks — primitive but effective protection Major-General D. P. Woodbury: the engineer who built the pontoon bridges at Fredericksburg had been driven in by Jackson's flank march and attack. At Gettysburg, the Army of the Potomac ma
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Woodbury, Daniel Phineas 1812- (search)
Woodbury, Daniel Phineas 1812- Military officer; born in New London, N. H., Dec. 16, 1812; graduated at the United States Military Academy and commissioned second lieutenant of artillery in 1836; later transferred to the engineer corps; promoted captain in 1853 and major in 1861. He served in the Civil War in the defence of the national capital and in the engineering work of the Army of the Potomac; and later was superintendent of the engineering operations against Yorktown and Richmond. He received the brevet of brigadier-general for gallantry in the battle of Fredericksburg, for throwing Frontispiece to Webster's spelling-book. bridges across the Rappahannock in face of the enemy. He was made commandant at Key West, Fla., in 1863, where he died of yellow fever in 1864.