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A. Williams

A. Williams

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

Alpheus Starkey Williams

(1810 - 1878)

Home State: Michigan

Education: Yale, Class of 1831

Command Billet: Commanding Division

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Division, XII Corps


see his Battle Report

Before Antietam

Pre-War he was a lawyer, probate judge, newspaper owner, Detroit postmaster, president of the state military board, and Militia Officer. He saw active service in the Mexican War. In May 1861 he was appointed BGen. of Volunteers and commanded the 1st Division/V Corps in the Shenandoah Valley campaign, and commanded the 1st Division/II Corps at Cedar Mountain.

On the Campaign

He commanded the First Division of the Twelfth (XII) Army Corps at South Mountain and assumed command of the Corps at Antietam after MGen. Mansfield was mortally wounded.

The rest of the War

He led the 1st Division/XII Corps at Chancellorsville commanded XII Corps at Gettsyburg and commanded the 1st Division/XII Corps again at Chickamauga. He commanded the 1st Division/XX Corps in the Atlanta campaign on the March to the Sea and on the Carolinas campaign.

After the War

He was US minister to the Republic of Salvador and was elected to Congress in 1874 and 1876 - dying in office, in Washington, in 1878.

More on the Web

For a very interesting site all about BGen Williams visit Project Plug Ugly created by Lowell Boileau. "Plug Ugly" was the name of his horse ...


9/20/1810; Saybrook, CT


12/21/1878; Washington, DC