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J.C. Williams

J.C. Williams

Federal (USV)


Josiah Clinton Williams

(1839 - 1900)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old from Putnamville, he was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, Company I, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861. He was slightly wounded in the foot at Winchester, VA on 24 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded, hit by a piece of shell in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Captain, Company C on 29 September 1862. He was wounded again, in the thigh at Chancellorsville, VA on 3 May 1863 and returned to his Company about 15 September. He was detached as Provost Marshal at Tullahoma, TN, later commanded the 12th Army Corps HQ Guard, and was Brigade Provost Marshal on the staff of General T.H. Ruger. He resigned his commission at the end of his term on 5 October 1864.

After the War

He was a member of the Indiana delegation to the Lincoln funeral in April 1865. He moved to some family property in Neosho, MO with his brother Edwin after the War, and married Laura Ann Ebert there on 13 November 1867. They had two children, twin daughters born in 1868, and he was in Missouri to at least 1887. He was Adjutant of the Greencastle (IN) Post No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic at his death at about age 60 in 1900.

References & notes

His service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Details from family genealogists. His diary is in the Vigo County Public Library, Terre Haute, IN. His papers, letters are in the Rare Books and Manuscripts collection, Indiana State Library and with his father Worthington's papers at the Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis. His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture from one of unknown provenance posted by Pat Callahan.


09/19/1839; Putnamville, IN


03/12/1900; Greencastle, IN; burial in Forest Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, IN


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 578  [AotW citation 18426]