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army officer , engineer

Daniel Phineas Woodbury, American army officer, engineer.


Woodbury, Daniel Phineas was born on December 16, 1812 in New London, New Hampshire, United States. Son of Daniel and Rhapisma (Messenger) Woodbury.


Attended Dartmouth; graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1836.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, 3d Artillery, United States Army, 1836. Transferred to Corps Engineers, commissioned First lieutenant, 1838. Supervised construction of Fort Kearny on Missouri River and Fort Laramie (Wyoming), 1847-1850.

Supervised construction Fort Jefferson, Tortugas, West Indies, also Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida. Commissioned captain, 1853. Helped plan defenses of Washington, District of Columbia, 1861.

Promoted major C.E., 1861. Commissioned lieutenant colonel United States Volunteers, 1861, brigadier general, 1862. Constructed seige works before Yorktown during Peninsular campaign, 1862.

Worked on defenses of Washington, 1862. In command of district including Tortugas and Key West, 1863. Author: (treatises) Sustaining Walls, 1845.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (treatises) Sustaining Walls, 1845.


Married Catherine Rachel Childs, December 12, 1845, 4 children.

Daniel Woodbury

Rhapisma (Messenger) Woodbury

Catherine Rachel Childs