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Alpheus S. Williams
Date of Birth: September 20, 1810
Hometown: Saybrook, CT
Final Wartime Rank: Brigadier General
Final Peacetime Rank: N/A
Date of Death: December 21, 1878
Place of Death: Washington, DC
Major Battles: Jackson's 1862
Chattanooga Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea,
Interesting Fact(s): Williams, prior to the Civil War,
would be a probate judge, in Michigan, own a newspaper and practice law.
With the outbreak of hostilities, he would be commissioned a brigadier
general, in the regular service, and would command an infantry division
during the Shenandoah Campaign, and at the
Battle of Cedar Mountain.
After having his division assigned to the XII Corps, commanded by Joseph
Mansfield, Williams would be engaged at
Antietam. When Mansfield
was killed, Williams would take over command of the Corps. He would
bravely lead his division at
Chancellorsville, and at
Williams would transfer west, when his Corps, and the XI Corps were merged
into the new XX Corps. He would fight with the XX Corps through
Chattanooga, Atlanta Campaign, March to the Sea and the Carolinas Campaign.
After the war, Williams would be twice elected to Congress.