★  Williams, Alpheus S.

Alpheus Starkey Williams


Born: September 20, 1810

Birthplace: Deep River, Connecticut

Ezra Williams 1779 – 1818
(Buried: Fountain Hill Cemetery, Deep River, Connecticut)​

Mother: Hepzibah Starkey 1784 – 1829
(Buried: Fountain Hill Cemetery, Deep River, Connecticut)​

1st Wife: Jane Hereford Larned 1818 – 1848
(Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan)​

2nd Wife: Martha Ann Conant 1823 – 1903
(Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan)​


Charles Larned Williams 1841 – 1919​
(Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan)​
Irene Williams Chittenden 1843 – 1907​
(Buried: Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan)​
Frederic Williams 1844 – 1857​
(Buried: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan)​


1831: Graduated from Yale University Law School​

Occupation before War:

1832 – 1836: Traveler in United States, and Europe​
Attorney in Detroit, Michigan​
1836: Joined the Michigan State Militia​
Wayne County, Michigan, Probate Judge​
President of the Bank of St. Clair, Michigan​
Owner and Editor of Detroit Advertiser Newspaper
1847 – 1848: Lt. Colonel of 1st Michigan Infantry, in Mexican War​
1849 – 1853: United States Postmaster in Detroit, Michigan​
1859 – 1861: President of Michigan State Military Board​
Major in Detroit, Michigan Light Guards​

Civil War Career:

1861: Brigadier General of Michigan State Volunteers​
1861: Served under General Patterson, while in state service​
1861: Commander of 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, Dept. of Pennsylvania​
1861 – 1866: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
Served under General Banks in Shenandoah Valley, and Washington​
1861 – 1862: Commander of 1st Brigade, Banks Division​
1862: Commander of 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac​
1862: Commander of 1st Division, Department of the Shenandoah​
1862: Commander of 1st Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of Virginia​
1862: Served in the Battle of Cedar Mountain, Virginia​
1862: Not fully engaged in the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, Virginia​
1862: Commander of 2nd Army Corps, Army of Virginia​
1862 – 1863: Commander of 1st Division, 12th Army Corps​
1862: Acting Commander of 12th Army Corps, at Battle of Antietam​
1862 – 1863: Acting Commander in 12th Army Corps​
1863 – 1865: Commander of 1st Division, 20th Army Corps​
1863: Division Commander at Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Acting Corps Commander at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863: Guarded the supply lines at Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee​
1864 – 1865: Commander of 20th Army Corps​
1864: Division Commander in Sherman’s March to the Sea​
1865: Served in the Carolina’s Campaign​
1865: Served in the Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina​
1865 – 1866: Commander of District of Southern Arkansas​
1866: Mustered out of the Union Army on January 15th

Occupation after War:

1866: Unsuccessful Candidate for Governor of Michigan​
1867 – 1869: United States Minister to El Salvador​
1875 – 1878: United States Congressman from Michigan​
1877 – 1878: Chairman of House Committee on District of Columbia​

Died: December 21, 1878

Place of Death: Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Cause of Death: Nausea and vomiting from food and apoplexy

Age at time of Death: 68 years old

Burial Place: Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan
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