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H.J. Williams
H.J. Williams

Confederate (CSA)

Major

Hazael Joseph Williams

(1830 - 1911)
Home State: Virginia
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 5th Virginia Infantry

see his Battle Report

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Before the Antietam Campaign:
In the 1860 Census he was listed as a Carpenter, age 29, from the 1st District, Augusta County. He was a member of the Southern Guard militia in 1860. He enlisted 17 April 1861 in Company D, 5th Virginia Infantry and was elected Captain. He was appointed Major of the Regiment on 21 April 1862.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He was in command as senior officer present with the Regiment in Maryland.

The remainder of the War:
He was in command of the 5th Virginia when he was severely wounded in the thigh near Winchester, VA on 14 June 1863. He was also wounded at Cedar Creek on 19 October 1864.

References, Sources, and other notes:
His military history from Augusta County, Virginia census and soldiers records hosted by the Valley of the Shadow1. His photograph from one posted on Findagrave by Kimberly Clear (original source unknown). Hazael's mother was Nancy McKee Williams and father was also Hazael. Thanks to Brenda K. Lyle for correcting his middle name and noting that his photo is also in the collection of the Bath County Historical Society.

Birth Date: 4/28/1830    Place of Birth: Williamsville, Bath County, VA    
Death Date: 7/18/1911    Death Place: Greenville, VA    Burial Place: Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church Cemetery, Augusta County, VA



Notes

1   Ayers, Edward L., and William G. Thomas III, and Anne Sarah Rubin, co-editors, Valley of the Shadow, first accessed 07 June 2005, <http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/>, Source page: /VoS/govdoc/public1.html, /VoS/cwdossier1.html  [AotW citation 12705]



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