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Federal (USV)


James W. Williamson

(c. 1836 - 1862)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Cavalry

Unit: 3rd Indiana Cavalry

Before Antietam

From Union County, he mustered as Corporal, Company F, 3rd Indiana Cavalry on 18 August 1861.

On the Campaign

On 13 September 1862 he was part of a 4-Company detachment from the 3rd Indiana and 8th Illinois regiments shadowing a well-guarded Confederate supply train near Middletown, MD.

The detachment ... started to return to the command which it had left at Middletown by a short cut down a winding stony ravine, hemmed in on either side by a very crooked worm fence ... Quebeck school house stood at the head of this ravine, and just as Company F of the Third Indiana, the rear company of the detachment, had entered the ravine Cobb's Legion of rebel cavalry, commanded by Col. P. M. B. Young, dashed down the mountainside past the schoolhouse, charging us with sabers and pistols, and for a few minutes a desperate little cavalry battle ensued ...

In this little cavalry battle Corp. James H. Williamson, of Company F, Third Indiana, was killed by having his head crushed with a saber in the hands of a rebel; Sergt. Joseph Lewis, Company E, same regiment, was shot through the heart and lay across a rebel sergeant [Barksdale] also shot through the heart ...

References & notes

His service from the Adjutant General.1 The quote above from Pickerill.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave.

More on the Web

See an excellent summary of the action at the Quebec Schoolhouse from John A. Miller on War Returns to South Mountain.


c. 1836 in IN


09/13/1862; Middletown, MD; burial in Hopewell Cemetery, Morning Sun, Preble County, OH


1   State of Indiana, Adjutant General's Office, and William H.H. Terrell, Adjutant General, Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, 8 volumes, Indianapolis: (various) State Printers, 1865-1869, Vol. 5, pg. 394; Vol. 8, pg. 202  [AotW citation 25287]

2   Pickerill, William N., History of the Third Indiana Cavalry, Indianapolis: Aetna Printing, 1906, pg. 26  [AotW citation 25305]