(1835-84) Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1855. In the spring of 1862, he was appointed as the chief engineer of Gen. Butler's expedition against New Orleans. After the occupation, Weitzel became 2nd in command and acting mayor, and was promoted to brigadier general. He commanded a division under Gen. Banks at Port Hudson and then returned east to become chief engineer of Butler's Army of the James operating against Petersburg. In 1864, now promoted to major general, he successively commanded the 18th and 25th Corps, the latter composed entirely of negro troops. In early 1865, he served under Butler in the attacks on Fort Fisher and in April commanded in the Appomattox campaign.
Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/8 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: M.B. Brady & Co., Washington, D.C., and New York, with partial 2 cents revenue tax stamp. Light age toning. Card is trimmed.