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J.O. Williams

J.O. Williams

Federal (USV)


Joseph Otis Williams

(1819 - ?)

Home State: Massachusetts

Education: Harvard University ('40), Harvard Law, Class of 1843

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 12th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

Known as J. Otis, he was a 41 year old counselor in Winchester on commissioning as 1st Lieutenant in June 1861. He was in Company D.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Promoted Captain 8 October 1862. Wounded in action 1 July 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. Discharged on disability from wounds on 11 June 1864. Later service in the Veteran Reserve Corps.

References & notes

Basic information from Commonwealth of Massachusetts1. His photograph from a standing portrait in the MOLLUS Massachusetts collection2.




1   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pp. 29 - 33  [AotW citation 6760]

2   US Army, Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC), Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS)-Massachusetts Photograph Collection, Published 2009, <>, Source page: pg. 5329  [AotW citation 6845]