Danville Leadbetter

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Danville Leadbetter, a native of the state of Maine, was born at Leeds, August 26, 1811. He was graduated from West Point in 1836, standing third in his class. As an officer of engineers he served in all parts of the country in the construction of fortifications. He resigned his commission on December 31, 1857 at Mobile, where he had been occupied for the preceding four years in the construction and repair of the harbor forts, and was then appointed chief engineer of the state of Alabama. Leadbetter served mainly as an engineer officer during the Civil War, with rank of brigadier general from February 27, 1862. He superintended the erection of the defenses at Mobile, laid out Bragg's lines at Chattanooga, and accompanied Longstreet to Knoxville in the latter's campaign against that place. Later chief engineer for a time on the staff of General Joseph E. Johnston, he was again at Mobile toward the close of the war. No record of his final capture or parole has been found; he is recorded as having first gone to Mexico and then to Canada, where he died at Clifton, September 26, 1866. His remains were subsequently interred in Magnolia Cemetery, Mobile. It is difficult to adequately appraise Leadbetter's services to the Confederacy. Although apparently highly esteemed by such officers as Generals Bragg, Beauregard, Maury, and Joseph E. Johnston, yet General E. P. Alexander felt that the adoption of Leadbetter's views by Longstreet at Knoxville "robbed (Longstreet) of most of his few remaining chances of victory."

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

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