Thomas R. Williams (January 16, 1815 – August 5, 1862) was an antebellum United States Army officer and a brigadier normal within the Union Army in the course of the Civil War. He was killed as he commanded the Union troops on the Battle of Baton Rouge.
In August 1862, Confederate forces beneath the command of General John C. Breckinridge attacked the Union defenses of Baton Rouge in an effort to retake the state’s capital. In the ensuing engagement, the Battle of Baton Rouge, Williams was killed by a gunshot wound to his chest on 5 August 1862 whereas main what proved to be the profitable protection of the town. It was rumored that it was pleasant hearth.
During the early summer season, Williams’ 3,000-man infantry brigade started work on what later turned generally known as Grant’s Canal, slicing a brand new channel throughout the bottom of De Soto Point on the west aspect of the Mississippi River throughout from Vicksburg, Mississippi. The function of the canal was to develop a channel for navigation that may allow gunboats and transports to bypass the Confederate batteries at Vicksburg.
Shortly after the Civil War started, Williams was promoted to main within the fifth U. S. Artillery on May 14, 1861. On September 28, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln promoted Williams to Brigadier General of U. S. Volunteers, to rank from that date and on February 3, 1862, the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination. He was posted to the command of a brigade on the Potomac River, and was later posted to Fort Hatteras, North Carolina. He then was assigned to Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler’s command within the land operations in opposition to New Orleans, Louisiana. Williams and his brigade had been assigned the duty of occupying Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On May 29, General Williams arrived within the metropolis with six regiments of infantry, two artillery batteries, and a troop of cavalry.
Williams was later assigned to posts in Florida and the Utah Territory. By the late 1850s, he was serving as an teacher on the Artillery School at Fort Monroe in Virginia.
Following the Mexican War, Williams was promoted to full captain and posted to Mackinac Island, Michigan, the place he met and married Mary Neosho Bailey, the daughter of Dr. Joseph Bailey, who served within the U.S. Army. Her Dutch ancestors had been from the Hudson River Valley space and New England.
The following 12 months, Williams obtained an appointment to attend the United States Military Academy, then graduated within the Class of 1837 and he additionally taught arithmetic at West Point in 1844. He was breveted as a second lieutenant of the 4th U. S. Artillery. He later served within the Seminole Wars as a primary Lieutenant and Assistant Commissary of Substance. Williams served within the Mexican War and was brevetted as a captain on August 20, 1847. He was brevetted as a significant on September 13, 1847, for “meritorious service” within the warfare.
He started his navy service in 1832 as a personal in an infantry firm in the course of the Black Hawk War, serving as a trumpeter beneath his father’s command.
Williams’ grandfather, Thomas Williams, settled in Detroit in 1765 and the Williams household remained there from that point. Prior to Detroit, the Williams household had settled in Albany, New York in 1690.
Williams was born in 1815 in Albany, New York. His father was General John R. Williams, the primary Mayor of Detroit and distinguished navy determine in Michigan. His father married his cousin, Mary Mott, of considered one of Albany’s main households. Williams was the fifth of 9 surviving youngsters.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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