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Confederate (CSA)


Jeremiah Henry Johnson Williams


(1829 - 1912)

Home State: Alabama

Command Billet: Commanding Regiment

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 9th Alabama Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He served as Corporal and Sergeant of Company E, 3rd Tennessee Volunteer Infantry during the Mexican War (1846-48). In 1860 he was a 31 year old civil engineer at Bridgeport, Jackson County, AL. He was commissioned Captain of Company B - the Railroad Guards - of the 9th Alabama Infantry on 23 May 1861 and was promoted to Major of the Regiment in April 1862 (to rank from October 1861) while at Yorktown, VA.

On the Campaign

He was senior officer present and led the regiment in Maryland, and took command of the Brigade at Sharpsburg after Colonel Cumming was wounded early on 17 September 1862. He was himself wounded in action there.

The rest of the War

He was in command of the regiment at Chancellorsville in May 1863 and resigned his commission sometime before September 1863.

After the War

By 1880 he was a farmer in Jackson County, AL. In 1910 he was retired and lived in a boarding house in Bridgeport.

References & notes

Civil War service information from the Alabama Archives,1 with brigade command sequence per R.K. Krick in The Antietam Campaign.2 His Mexican War service from his 1907 US pension file. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860, 1880, and 1910. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Susan Ann Arendale (1839-1905) in March 1854, and they had 9 children.


03/28/1829; Jackson County, AL


03/06/1912; Jackson County, AL; burial in Williams Family Cemetery, Bridgeport, AL


1   State of Alabama, State Archives, and Dr. Edwin C. Bridges, director, and staff, Alabama Department of Archives & History, Published c.2000, first accessed 08 July 2005, <>, Source page: /civilwar/index.cfm  [AotW citation 1208]

2   Gallagher, Gary W., Editor, The Antietam Campaign, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999, pp. 223 - on  [AotW citation 1209]