Archibald Campbell Godwin

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Archibald Campbell Godwin, born in Nansemond County, Virginia, in 1831, and brought up in his grandmother's house in Portsmouth, left home at the age of nineteen to seek his fortune in California. He was successful as a miner and rancher in that state, and failed by but one vote to secure the Democratic nomination for governor in 1860. Returning to Virginia at the outbreak of war, he offered his services to President Davis and was commissioned major and assistant provost marshal in charge of Libby Prison in Richmond. Subsequently assigned to construct and organize the prison stockade at Salisbury, North Carolina, Godwin recruited the 57th North Carolina Infantry, which he led at the battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862. He was present at the second battle of that name during the campaign of Chancellorsville, and also rendered distinguished service at Gettysburg. He was captured with most of his command in the action of Rappahannock Bridge in November 1863. Exchanged and promoted brigadier general to rank from August 5, 1864, he took part with his brigade in the subsequent Shenandoah Valley campaign as a part of Ramseur's division. At Winchester, September 19, 1864, he was instantly killed by a shell fragment. He is buried there in Stonewall Cemetery.

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Ref: Generals in Gray, Lives of the Confederate Commanders by Ezra J. Warner.  Printed by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London.