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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1837

Vol. I

(Born N. Y.)

Thomas Williams

(Ap'd Mich.)


Born Jan. 16, 1815, Albany, NY.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1833, to July 1, 1837, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Artillery, July 1, 1837.

Served: in the Florida War, 1837‑38; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1838; in the Florida War, 1838‑39; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1839; at the Camp of Instruction near Trenton, N. J., 1839; on the Northern Frontier, at Detroit, Mich., 1839‑40, during Canada Border Disturbances; at Military Academy, as Asst. Professor of Mathematics, Mar. 1, 1840, to June 26, 1841; on the Northern Frontier, during

(First Lieut., 4th Artillery, Oct. 5, 1840)

Canada Border Disturbances, at Dearbornville, Mich., 1841, — and at Oswego, N. Y., 1841‑42; in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1842‑44; as Aide-de‑Camp to Major-General Scott, General-in‑Chief, Apr. 22, 1844, to Sep. 12, 1850; in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mar. 9‑29, 1847, — Battle of Cerro Gordo, Apr. 17‑18, 1847, — Pedregal, Aug. 19, 1847, — Battle of Churubusco, Aug. 20, 1847, — and Operations before and Capture of the City of

(Bvt. Capt., Aug. 20, 1847, for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct
in the Battles of Contreras and Churubusco, Mex.)

Mexico, Sept. 13‑14, 1847; in garrison at Ft. Columbus, N. Y., 1850‑52,

 p672  (Bvt. Major, Sep. 13, 1847,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Chapultepec, Mex.)

(Captain, 4th Artillery, Sep. 12, 1850)

— and Ft. Mackinac, Mich., 1852‑56; in Florida Hostilities against the Seminole Indians, 1856‑57; on frontier duty at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1858, — Utah Expedition, 1858, — Cheyenne Pass, Neb., 1858‑59, — Ft. Laramie, Dak., 1859, — and Ft. Randall, Dak., 1859; on leave of absence, 1859‑60; and in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va. (Artillery School for Practice), 1860‑61.

Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑66: as Acting

(Major, 5th Artillery, May 14, 1861)

Inspector-General of the Department of Virginia, June 1‑26, 1861; in command of his regiment, on duty at Harrisburg, Pa., June 26-Oct. 2,

(Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Sep. 28, 1861)

1861; on North Carolina Expedition, in command of Ft. Hatteras, N. C., Oct., 1861, to Mar., 1862; and in the Department of the Gulf, Mar. 22 to Aug. 5, 1862, at Ship Island, Mar.‑Apr., 1862, — in opening of the Lower Mississippi, Apr.‑May, 1862, — on Expedition to Vicksburg, 1862, where, in a desperate defense of the place, and when victory was crowning his undaunted gallantry, he was

Killed, Aug. 5, 1862: Aged 47.

Buried, Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, MI.

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