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Lecture and book signing for author Bill Quatman at museum

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Author Bill Quatman will be at the Allen County Museum on July 23.

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  • Program: “A Young General and the Fall of Richmond”
  • Presenter: Mr. Bill Quatman
  • Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
  • Time: 2 pm
  • Place: Allen County Museum • 620 W. Market St. • Lima, Ohio • 45801 • (419) 222-9426 • allencountymuseum.org
  • Admission: Free and open to the public
“A Young General and the Fall of Richmond” (Ohio Univ. Press 2015) tells the fascinating story of the 29-year old Union general from Ohio who captured the Confederate capital of Richmond in April 1865.

“A Young General and the Fall of Richmond” (Ohio Univ. Press 2015) tells the fascinating story of the 29-year old Union general from Ohio who captured the Confederate capital of Richmond in April 1865.


LIMA – The Allen County Museum is pleased to offer a lecture and book signing by Lima-Native and Author Bill Quatman.

“A Young General and the Fall of Richmond” (Ohio Univ. Press 2015) tells the fascinating story of the 29-year old Union general from Ohio who captured the Confederate capital of Richmond in April 1865.

Born in Germany, this young immigrant named Godfrey Weitzel graduated at the top of his class at West Point in 1855, just six years before the outbreak of the Civil War. A chance assignment in New Orleans after graduation gave him the inside information needed by the Union army to capture the southern port city. For his efforts, Godfrey Weitzel was made the mayor of New Orleans, then a brigadier general at age 26.

He went on to achieve victories in battle and was promoted to major general before the end of the war. When Richmond fell, President Abraham Lincoln showed up with his son Tad and met with General Weitzel and remnants of the Confederate cabinet to plan an end to the war.

But the plan could not be put into place before Lee surrendered and Lincoln was murdered.

Come hear this story, about an Ohio general written by a Lima native.


About the author

Bill Quatman is a 1976 graduate of Lima Central Catholic High School, a licensed architect and an attorney, and author of several books. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri and is the general legal counsel and senior vice president of Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, one of the nation’s largest design and construction companies. This program is free and open to the public.