Williams, Alpheus S. (Alpheus Starkey), 1810-1878

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Detroit, Mich. resident, brigadier general (brevet major general) and division and corps commander during the Civil War.

From the description of Alpheus S. Williams map collection, 1864. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 238012406

Attorney, businessman, politician and soldier.

Alpheus S. Williams, son of Ezra and Hepzibah (Starkey) Williams, was born at Saybrook, Conn., Sep. 20, 1810. Graduated from Yale University, 1831; studied three years in Yale Law School. Traveled extensively in United States and Europe, 1834-36; was admitted to Michigan bar, 1837. Was Wayne County probate judge, 1840-1844. Bought controlling interest in Detroit Daily Advertiser, but disposed of it when he entered the volunteers, the First Michigan Infantry, late in 1847. Served in Mexico. Detroit postmaster, 1849-53; president of Michigan Oil Company; member of Common Council, etc. Was brigadier general in Civil War service, 1861-1866; commanded division in Shenandoah Valley, 1862, and at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Atlanta campaign. Was appointed minister resident to Salvador, 1866-69; was member of Congress, 1874-78, and was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbus, then being reorganized. He married (first), Jane Hereford (Larned) Pierson, Jan., 1838, and (second) Martha Ann (Conant) Tillman, Sep. 17, 1873. He died Dec. 21 (Dic. Am. Biog. 1878.)

From the description of Alpheus S. Williams papers, 1828-1920 (Detroit Public Library). WorldCat record id: 656365677

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Wood, Abner Brownell. Abner Brownell Wood collection. State Archive of Michigan
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part III: The Civil War: The Union, 1804-1915. Houghton Library
referencedIn Bourhyte, C. B. Correspondence, 1842. Clarke Historical Library
referencedIn Williams, Martha C. Correspondence, 1887. Clarke Historical Library
creatorOf Carlin, William Passmore, 1829-1903. Letter : Louisville, Ky., to Gen[era]ls A.S. Williams, J.G. Parkhurst and others, Detroit, Mich., 1871 Nov. 12. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn McClurg, Alexander C. (Alexander Caldwell), 1832-1901. Letter, November 14, 1871. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Goldsmith, Oliver, 1828-1911. Oliver Goldsmith correspondence, 1866 March 26 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
referencedIn Autographs of Civil War generals, [ca. 186-]. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Greene, F. V. (Francis Vinton), 1850-1921. Diary of Francis Vinton Greene [manuscript], 1863 June 13-August 18. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Commandery of the State of Massachusetts Civil War collection, 1724-1933 (inclusive);, 1861-1912 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Photographic Portrait File The Huntington Library
creatorOf Williams, Alpheus S. (Alpheus Starkey), 1810-1878. Alpheus S. Williams map collection, 1864. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891. Papers of William T. Sherman, 1862-1890 (bulk 1862-1865). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Philip Case Lockwood memorial collection of Civil War portraits and autographs, 1862-ca. 1886. Houghton Library
creatorOf Williams, Alpheus Starkey, 1810-1878. Alpheus S. Williams papers, 1828-1920 Detroit Public Library, Detroit Main Library
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United States
Atlanta Campaign, 1864--Maps, Manuscript
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Archives


Birth 1810-09-29

Death 1878-12-21


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