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W.H. Williamson, Jr.

W.H. Williamson, Jr.

Confederate (CSV)


William Henry Williamson, Jr.

(1828 - 1887)

Home State: Tennessee

Education: Cumberland University (1852), Law, Class of 1854

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Tennessee Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 34 year old lawyer in Lebanon, TN, he enlisted on 20 May 1861 as First Sergeant, was appointed First Lieutenant, then was promoted to Captain of Company H, 7th Tennessee Infantry on the organization of the regiment on 25 May. He was wounded at Gaines Mill, VA on 27 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He led his Company in Maryland and was senior Captain of the regiment there.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Major on 8 April 1863 and was wounded in the right arm at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863 and captured there. His arm was amputated and he was a prisoner for the rest of the war.

After the War

He returned to his practice in 1865, served as Circuit Court judge from 1870-78, and by 1880 was again a lawyer in Lebanon.

References & notes

His service from Lindsley1 and William Thomas Venner's The 7th Tennessee Infantry in the Civil War (2013), source also of his picture from a photograph in the Loewentheil family collection. Personal details from Speer's Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans (1888), the Catalogue of Cumberland University, Triennial and Annual for 1871-2, family genealogists, and the US Census of 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married General John Hunt Morgan's widow Martha O."Mattie" Ready (1840-1887) in January 1873 and they had 5 children. He also helped raise Mattie's daughter Johnnie Hunt Morgan (1865-1888).


10/29/1828; Green Hill, TN


03/16/1887; Lebanon, TN; burial in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Lebanon, TN


1   Lindsley, John Berrien, The Military Annals of Tennessee. Confederate, Nashville: J.M. Lindsley, 1886, pp. 260-61  [AotW citation 25407]