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Catalog Number 1946.037.001
Object Name Certificate
Scope & Content Certificate detailing Brevet Major General Alpheus S. Williams' military service in the Civil War. The certificate is signed by Adjutant General Edward Davis Townsend on the bottom left and General William Tecumseh Sherman on the bottom right. The text of the certificate is as follows:

"Brevet Major General Alpheus S. Williams.
U.S. Volunteers.
War enrolled October 18th 1847, and mustered into service December 8th 1847, as Lieutenant Colonel 1st Michigan Volunteers. Left Detroit Michigan January 1848 with the Second Battalion of his Regiment for Mexico; served with regiment in Mexico to June 1848 and was honorably mustered out therewith at Detroit Michigan July 29th 1848.
He was appetency by the Governor of Michigan in April 1861 Brigadier General of the troops of that state then enlisting for the war; and commanded the Camp of Instruction at Fort Wayne Michigan to September 1861. Commissioned Brigadier General of Volunteers, August 7th to rank from May 17th 1861, which he accepted August 26th 1861.


Commanding 3Rd Brigade, Bank's Division, Army of the Potomac from October 8th 1861, to March 20th 1862: 1st Division 5th Corps to April 12th 1862: 1st Division Department of the Shenandoah to June 1862: 2nd Corps, Army of Va. to September 15th 1862: 1st Division 12th Corps to September 17th 1862: 12th Corps to October 20th 1862: 1st Division 12th Corps to July 1st 1863: 12th Corps to July 4th 1863: 1st Division 12th Corps to April 5th 1864: 1st Division 20th Corps to July 28th 1864: 20th Corps to August 28th 1864: 1st Division 20th Corps to November 11th 1864: 20th Corps to April 4th 1865.
Commanding with the rank of Brevet Major General.
Brevetted Major General, January 19th 1865.
For marked ability and energy &c.

From January 12th 1865, 1st Division 20th Corps to June 6th 1865; and Provisional Division to July 27th 1865, when he proceeded to his home - Detroit Michigan to await further orders.
From September 5th to November 26th 1865, he commanded the Ouchita District Department of Arkansas. Honorably mustered out of service January 15th 1866.

He participated in the following Engagements
Winchester Va. May 24th & 5th 1862 New Hope Church Ga. May 25th 1864
Cedar Mountain Va. August 9th 1862 Pine Mountain Ga. June 15 1864.
Antietam Md. September 17th 1862 Kenesaw Mountain Ga. June 22nd 1864.
Germania Ford Va. April 29th 1863 Peach Tree Creek Ga. July 20th 1864.
Chancellorsville Va. May 1st and 3rd 1863. Campaigns in Georgia and Carolinas
Gettysburg Pa. July 1st and 3rd 1863. Sherman's March to the Sea. Nov. 1864 to April 1865.
Falling Waters Md. July 14th 1863. Averysboro N.C. March 16th 1865.
Resaca Ga. May 15th 1864. Bentonville N.C. March 19th 1865.
From the records of the War Department.

E.D. Townsend
Adjutant Gen'l

W.T. Sherman
Date c. 1866
People Williams, Alpheus Starkey
Sherman, William Tecumseh
Extent of Description 22" x 25.5"
Collection Military
Search Terms Civil War