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Godwin, David Frank

17110 Hershey Court
Lakeville, MN  55044
United States
Fax Number: 612-891-6091
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Godwin, John

Branch of Service: Army-Artillery
Company/Regiment: Co. G, 28th Btn. Ga. Siege Artillery
Date of Service: 4/20/61-4/18/65
Starting Rank: Private
Discharge Rank: Captain
Date of Discharge: 4/18/1865
Reason for Discharge: Surrender of Johnston's forces

I am a member of the following:

Lineage from David Godwin, to John Godwin

1 Cyril Oliver Godwin Relationship: Father
Birth Date: 4/14/1906 Birth Location: Dallas, Texas
Death Date: 7/10/1989 Death Location: Dallas, Texas

2 Edwin Cothran Godwin Relationship: Father
Birth Date: 6/15/1869 Birth Location: Dallas County, Alabama
Death Date: 3/25/1938 Death Location: Dallas, Texas

3 John Dill Godwin Relationship: Uncle
Birth Date: 3/5/1834 Birth Location: Russell County, Alabama
Death Date: 8/26/1885 Death Location: Russell County, Alabama

Additional Biographical Information

At the outbreak of the War, John Dill Godwin enlisted April 20, 1861, in the City Light Guards in Columbus, Georgia, a unit raised by Capt. Peyton H. Colquitt. That very evening, this unit and three others were sent to Maj. Gen. Taliaferro in Norfolk. Colquitt was put in charge of the battery at Sewell's Point, Virginia. On May 19, 1861, the fort exchanged fire with the U.S. steamer Monticello, but no one was hurt. Lacking a Confederate flag, the troops used the Georgia state flag. The City Light Guards soon became Company A of the Second Battalion, Georgia Infantry, which seems to have acted primarily as skirmishers for Wright's Brigade (Anderson's Division). In this capacity, they were involved in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg, where they took part in the attack against the Union center on July 2, 1863. On Aug. 14, 1863, Godwin was elected captain of Company G, 28th Battalion of Georgia Siege Artillery, under Major A. Bonaud, manning the forts on the Apalachicola River south of Chattahoochee, Florida, near the Georgia border. The battalion served as infantry at the Battle of Olustee, Florida, Feb. 20, 1864. As of July 30, 1864, Godwin was at Fort Johnson on the northern coast of James Island, South Carolina. After Charleston was abandoned, Bonaud's battalion was attached to Fiser's Brigade in Johnston's army. The unit took part in the Battle of Bentonville (March 19, 1865) and was involved in Johnston's surrender on April 18, 1865. There is a card in Godwin's Consolidated Service Records which states, "Godwin, J.D./Capt. Co. G—Bonaud's Ga. Batt.—/Men. for gallantry/See personal papers of/James Gardner/May 27. Ga. B" John's brother, Thomas Metternich Godwin, served in the 34th Alabama Infantry.

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