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Henry Hudson Williams Civil War collection

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Date: 1861 - 1865

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

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Call Number: Misc. Coll. Williams, Henry Hudson

Unit ID: 318748

Summary: This is a collection of Civil War papers issued to Henry Hudson Williams. Included in the collection are discharge papers from the 10th Kansas Volunteer Infantry, Field & Staff (February 23, 1865); State of Missouri commission papers appointing Williams Colonel of the Jackson and Cass Counties Regiment (March 25, 1865); a certificate electing Williams Major of the 3rd Regiment of the U.S. Volunteers from the State of Kansas (July 24, 1861); and the muster-out roll for Major Henry H. Williams, 10th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Infantry (February 23, 1865).

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Title (Main title): Henry Hudson Williams Civil War collection


Biog. Sketch (Full): Henry Hudson Williams was born in Hudson, New York, September 28, 1828. He came to Kansas in the spring of 1855, and was the third settler on Pottawatomie Creek in Anderson County. He became closely associated with John Brown and other free-state men. Williams was sent as a delegate to the Big Springs convention in September, 1855, and marched to the defense of Lawrence in December, 1855. During this time, he was made second lieutenant of the Pottawatomie Rifles. Williams was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives elected under the Topeka Constitution. He was one of the free-state prisoners at Lecompton with Charles Robinson, Gaius Jenkins and others. Williams was sheriff of Miami County in 1857 and reelected in 1859 and served until 1861 when he enlisted in the Third Kansas Regiment. At the close of the Civil War, Major Williams went to Kansas City where he was appointed sheriff of Jackson County, but in April 1867, he returned to Kansas settling in Osawatomie, Kansas. Williams was elected to the Kansas legislature in 1868, 1869, and 1870 and appointed one of the railroad assessors on March 24, 1871. He served on the statehouse commission from 1879 to 1883 and 1886-1887. Williams married Mary A. Carr in Osawatomie, February 23, 1858. He died in San Diego, California on March 28, 1906.

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    Williams, Henry H., 1828-1906
    United States History Civil War, 1861-1865