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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 28. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Biographical Sketch of Lieutenant-Colonel William Frederick Niemeyer, (search)
Biographical Sketch of Lieutenant-Colonel William Frederick Niemeyer, Sixty-first Virginia Infantry Regiment. By Colonel William H. Stewart, Portsmouth, Va. William Frederick Niemeyer was born in the county of Norfolk and State of Virginia, on the 12th day of May, 1840, and heroically met his death at the head of his regiment in the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, on the 12th day of May, 1864, his twenty-fourth birthday. His great grandfather, Hans Heinrich Neimeyer, was born Commanding Third Brigade. W. L. Riddick, Assistant Adjutant-General. To Major W. F. Niemeyer, commanding Forrest Entrenchment. Major Niemeyer, with his command, retreated from Forrest Entrenchment, near Hall's Corner, in Western Branch, Norfolk county, on the 10th of May, 1862, the day Norfolk and Portsmouth were evacuated, which he noted in his diary, The saddest day of my life, and marched to Suffolk. On the 11th day of May he left for Petersburg via Weldon, where he arrived on the 13th