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GODDU, a. H., Canadian patriot, born in St. Denis, Canada, in 1796; died there in 1882. At the age of sixteen he served in the Canadian voltigeurs during the war of 1812, rose to the rank of major and distinguished himself at the battles of Lacolle and Chateaugay. He was afterward present at the naval engagement of Plattsburg, where he commanded a gun-boat. He then settled on a farm, which was granted him by the government as a reward for his services, in the township of Weedon, but subsequently removed to St. Cesaire. In 1837 he took an active part in the Canadian agitation. He was present, 23 October, 1837, at the assembly of the six confederate counties, and was one of the first to take up arms; named commander of the insurgents of St. Cesaire, and reported at the head of over a hundred men at St. Mathias. The defeat of the Canadians at St. Charles convinced him that the struggle was hopeless, and he led his men back to St. Cesaire, and was subsequently arrested. He was conducted to Montreal and imprisoned till 2 July, 1838, when, with six others, he entered into an agreement with Lord Durham to plead guilty of high treason, He was exiled to the Bermudas during the pleasure of the queen of England ; but the proclamation of the governor-general exiling British subjects without trial was annulled. Goddu came to the United States, and after some time was allowed to return to Canada.
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