(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
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