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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1852

Vol. II

(Born N. Y.)

George A. Williams

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1848, to July 1, 1852, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, July 1, 1852.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1852; on frontier duty at Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1852‑53, — Scouting, 1853, — Ft. Duncan, Tex.,

(Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, Mar. 2, 1853)

1853‑54, — La Peña, Tex., 1854, — Rodeo, Tex., 1854‑55, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1855, — Ft. Lancaster, Tex., 1855‑56, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., 1856‑58,

(First Lieut., 1st Infantry, Feb. 11, 1856)

— Ft. McIntosh, Tex., 1858, — Ft. Clark, Tex., 1858‑59, — near Camp Cooper, Tex., 1859, — March to and at Ft. Cobb, I. T., 1859‑60; and at the Military Academy, 1860‑61, as Asst. Professor of Spanish, Sep. 4, 1860, to Apr. 22, 1861, — and Asst. Instructor of Infantry Tactics, Apr. 22 to Oct. 8, 1861.

Captain, 1st Infantry, May 14, 1861.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: on Headquarters Guard, at Washington, D. C., Oct.‑Nov., 1861; in Operations in Missouri, about Sedalia, Nov., 1861, to Feb., 1862; in Heavy Artillery  p504 (Army of the Mississippi), in Operations against New Madrid, Mo., terminating in its Capture, Mar. 21, 1862, — Attack on Island No. 10, Mississippi River, which surrendered, Apr. 7, 1862, — Advance upon and Siege of Corinth, Mis., May 22‑30, 1862, — in garrison at Corinth, May to Oct., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Corinth, Oct. 3‑4, 1862, —

(Bvt. Major, Oct. 4, 1862,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Battle of Corinth, Mis.)

on March to Oxford, Mis., in command of 47th Illinois Volunteers, Oct., 1862, — and in garrison at Corinth, Mis., Nov., 1862, to Feb., 1863; in the Vicksburg Campaign, Feb.‑Mar., 1863, being engaged in the Expedition by Yazoo Pass to the Yazoo, Mar., 1863, when he was disabled; and

(Bvt. Lieut.‑Col., July 4, 1863,
for Gallant and Meritorious Services at the Siege of Vicksburg, Mis.)

as Commissary of Musters, 16th Army Corps, at Memphis, Ten., Apr. 15, 1863, to Nov. 24, 1864,​a — and of the Department of the Mississippi, June 27, 1865, to July 2, 1866.

Major, 6th Infantry, Mar. 15, 1866.

Served: in command of Regiment and the Post of Charleston, S. C., Aug. 10 to Oct. 29, 1866, continuing at Charleston with Regiment till May 4, 1867; as Sub‑Asst. Commissioner in Freedmen's Bureau, and Commissary of Musters, Second Military District (North and South Carolina), May 4, 1867, to June 11, 1868; in command at Raleigh, N. C., June 25 to Aug., 1868, — of Charleston, S. C., Aug. to Oct., 1868, continuing there till Dec., 1868, — and of Savannah, Ga., Dec. 26, 1868, to Feb., 1869; on frontier duty at Ft. Gibson, I. T., Mar. 2 to May, 1869,

(Transferred to 20th Infantry, Mar. 15, 1869)

— and in command of Ft. Totten, Dak., June 30, 1869, to Aug. 25, 1870, and on leave of absence, Aug. 25 to Dec. 15, 1870.

Retired from Active Service, Dec. 15, 1870,
for Disability contracted in the Line of Duty.

Died, Apr. 2, 1889, at Newburg, N. Y.: Aged 58.

Thayer's Note:

a Some West Pointers were very good men, and a few were not: George Williams may be one of the latter. In Heroine of the Confederacy: The Diaries and Letters of Belle Edmondson, edited by William and Loretta Galbraith, p104, note 37, we read that "Major General Stephen Augustus Hurlbut . . . was an unscrupulous political general, who along with his provost marshall,º Captain George A. Williams, ran an extortion ring in the city. Two of his other appointees, Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Asher Eddy of the Abandoned Property Department and Whitney Frank, Chief of Detectives, broke into and burglarized certain Memphis homes. Jeffery N. Lash, 'Stephen Augustus Hurlbut: A Military and Diplomatic Politician' (Ph. D. dissertation, Kent State University, 1980), 196; Hallum, Diary, 278‑79, 317." (Hurlbut and Frank were not Academy graduates.)

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