Woedtke, Frederick William, baron de (d. 1776)

Prussian army officer.

Major in the Prussian service; captain and inspector of cavalry in the French service. Brigadier general in American army (March 1776); ordered to accompany the commissioners to Canada. John Carroll wrote that Woedtke, “Like other Prussian officers, … appears to me as a man who knows little of polite life, and yet has picked up so much of it in his passage through France, as to make a most awkward appearance.” According to Franklin, Woedtke squandered the $600 that the Continental Congress advanced him.

Brother of A. M. de Woedtcke. Died in hospital at Crown Point, New York.