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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1851

Vol. II

(Born Va.)

Robert Williams

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Nov. 5, 1829, Culpeper Co., VA.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1847, to July 1, 1851, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1851.

Served: at the Cavalry School for Practice, Carlisle, Pa., 1851‑52; on frontier duty at Ft. Orford, Or., 1853‑54; at the Military Academy as

(Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 15, 1853)

Asst. Instructor of Cavalry, Jan. 23 to June 5, 1854; on frontier duty at Ft. Union, N. M., 1854‑56, — March to California, 1856, — Ft. Tejon,

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, June 7, 1855, to May 7, 1861)

Cal., 1856‑57, — and at Ft. Walla Walla, Wash., 1857; and at the Military Academy, as Asst. Instructor of Cavalry and Infantry Tactics, Dec. 19, 1857, to May 24, 1861.

Bvt. Captain, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, May 11, 1861.

 p454  Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Asst. Adjutant-General of the Department of Annapolis, June 9 to July 25, 1861, — and of the Department of the Shenandoah, June 9 to Oct. 5,

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Aug. 3, 1861)

1861; in organizing his regiment at Readville, Mas., Oct., 1861, to Jan.,

(Colonel, 1st Massachusetts Cavalry, Oct. 7, 1861)

1862; in garrison at and Operations about Hilton Head, S. C., Jan. to Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Attack on Secessionville, James Island,

(Major, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, July 17, 1862)

S. C., June 16, 1862; in Operations in Central Virginia (Army of the Potomac), Aug. to Oct., 1862; and as Asst. in the Adjutant-General's Office

(Resigned from Volunteer Service, Oct. 1, 1862)

at Washington, D. C., 1862, to Aug. 12, 1866.​a

Bvt. Lieut.‑Colonel, Sep. 24, 1864,
for Meritorious and Faithful Service during the Rebellion.

Bvt. Colonel, and Bvt. Brig.‑General, U. S. Army, Mar. 13, 1865,
for Diligent, Faithful, and Meritorious Services
in the Adjutant-General's Department during the Rebellion.

Served: As Assistant in the Adjutant-General's Office, at Washington, D. C., 1866 to Apr. 1, 1870; on leave of absence, Apr. 1, 1870, to Mar. 24,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, Feb. 22, 1869)

1871; as Adjutant-General, Department of the Missouri, Mar. 24, 1871, to Jan. 10, 1876, being on temporary duty at Washington, D. C., May 2 to Sep. 2, 1874, — of the Department of the Platte, Jan. 11, 1876, to Sep. 27, 1881, — and of the Division of the Missouri, Oct. 1, 1881, to –––––.

Colonel, Staff — Asst. Adjutant-General, July 1, 1881.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History.Adjutant-General, Division of the Missouri, to Dec. 10, 1890. — On duty as principal assistant in Adjutant-General's office, Washington, D. C., to July 5, 1892.

(Brig.‑General, Staff — Adjutant-General U. S. Army, July 5, 1892)

 p82  — On duty as Adjutant-General, in charge of Adjutant-General's Department, Washington, D. C., to Nov. 5, 1893.

Retired from Active Service, he being 64 Years of Age, Nov. 5, 1893.

— Address, 2101 P St., Washington, D. C.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — Retired officer. — Residence, Washington, D. C.

Died Aug. 24, 1901, at Netherwood, N. J.: Aged 76.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1902, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a On January 23, 1866, he married Adele Cutts, the widow of Stephen A. Douglas.

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