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Confederate (CSV)


Jesse Milton Williams

(1831 - 1864)

Home State: Louisiana

Education: University of Alabama

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 2nd Louisiana Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was one of at least 9 children of Lightfoot Williams, formerly of Alabama, who died about 1848 in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, and was a substantial slaveholder. He enlisted and was commissioned Captain, Company D, 2nd Louisiana Infantry on 11 May 1861 in New Orleans and was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the regiment on the reorganization of March 1862. He took command of the regiment after the battle of Malvern Hill on 1 July after Colonel Isaiah Norwood was mortally wounded. He was promoted to Colonel on 26 July 1862.

On the Campaign

Colonel Williams was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the chest on the morning of 17 September, in combat near where General Starke was killed, and was captured there.

The rest of the War

He was treated at a field hospital near Sharpsburg then briefly at US Army General Hospital #5 in Frederick, MD 12 - 13 October 1862. He was then transferred to Baltimore, probably for exchange. He returned to his regiment in March 1863. After Chancellorsville, in May 1863, he was appointed to command of the Brigade, and led it at Gettysburg in July. He was killed at Spotsylvania Court House, VA in May 1864.

References & notes

His basic service from Booth.1 Wound and hospital details from the Patient List.2 Further information from the Louisiana Civil War Message Board by N. Wayne Cosby and slave inventory of the Williams family of 1848/56. His gravesite is on Findagrave.




5/12/1864; Spotsylvania Court House, VA; burial in Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, Winchester, VA


1   Booth, Andrew B., Records of Louisiana Confederate Soldiers and Louisiana Confederate Commands, 3 Volumes, New Orleans: State of Louisiana, 1920, Vol. 3, Book 2, Part 2, pg. 1100  [AotW citation 22281]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #1.024  [AotW citation 22282]