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Outstanding cdv of General A. S. Williams
Outstanding cdv of General A. S. Williams. Ink inscription on the verso, please see photo of the back below. Anthony, NY back mark.

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Williams, Alpheus S., brigadier-general, was born in Saybrook, Conn., in 1810. He graduated at Yale college in 1831; began the practice of law in Detroit, Mich.; was judge of probate from 1840 to 1844; from 1843 to 1847 was owner and editor of the Detroit "Daily Advertiser," also served as recorder of Detroit, and in 1849 was appointed postmaster of that city by President Taylor. He was a lieutenant-colonel in the Mexican war and on the breaking out of the Civil war he became a major-general of militia, afterward becoming a brigadier-general of volunteers in the army. He served on the upper Potomac and had command of a division at Winchester. He succeeded Gen. Banks as a corps commander and after Gen. Mansfield was wounded commanded the 12th corps at Antietam. He took part in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and accompanied Sherman's army in the "march to the sea," during which he was made brevet major-general of volunteers. He was minister resident in San Salvador from 1866 to 1869, was elected to Congress from Michigan in 1874 and was reelected in 1876. Gen. Williams died in Washington, D. C., Dec. 1, 1878.

Source: The Union Army, vol. 8