General and Senator John Stewart Williams, Winchester, Kentucky
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N 37° 59.883 W 084° 11.362
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Quick Description: Final Resting Place of Confederate General, John Stewart Williams who later served the United States as a U.S. Senator in 1879. Renouned for his heroic service in the Mexican War. June 29, 1818 – July 17, 1898.
Location: Kentucky, United States
Date Posted: 9/20/2009 7:10:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM78VV
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Long Description:
Often referred to as "General Cerro Gordo Williams," because of his heroism during the Mexican War. He was born in 1818 in Montgomery County, Kentucky. A graduate from Oxford University, he began a law practice in Paris Kentucky and later became a legislator, State senator, and was comissioned brigadier-general for the Confederate Army during the civil war. Perhaps he is most famously noted for his brave ascent up Cerro Gordo, Mexico while leading the Independent Company of Kentucky. While other companies were on heavy retreat, Williams led his company to victory in what has become known as "one of the most notable instances of personal valor and prowess in the history of American Wars."

He served in the Mexican-American War, first as a captain of an independent company attached to the 6th U.S. Infantry, and afterward as a colonel of the Fourth Regiment of the Kentucky Volunteers.

With the outbreak of hostilities, Williams travelled to Prestonburg in early 1861 and was commissioned as the Colonel of the 5th Kentucky Infantry. He served initially in the Eastern Theater, initially under Humphrey Marshall in southwestern Virginia. He participated in Marshall's ill-fated invasion of eastern Kentucky in 1862. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1863 and assigned command of the Department of Southwestern Virginia.

He organized a brigade of cavalry and helped resist Ambrose Burnside's invasion of eastern Tennessee in the autumn of 1863. He resigned that command and transferred to Georgia, assuming command of the Kentucky regiments in the cavalry of Joseph Wheeler. He received a formal resolution of thanks from the Second Confederate Congress in the fall of 1864 for his actions at the Battle of Saltville. He surrendered in 1865.

Williams returned home following the war and went on to engage in agricultural pursuits, with his residence in Winchester, Kentucky.

He again became a member of the State House in 1873 and 1875. He was ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Kentucky in 1875, and was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1876. He was elected to the United States Senate in 1879 and served from March 4, 1879 to March 3, 1885. He failed in his reelection bid and returned to his agricultural pursuits.

Williams became involved in land development in Florida in the late 1880s, and along with a partner, founded the town of Naples, Florida.

He died in Mount Sterling in 1898 and was interred in Winchester Cemetery in Winchester.

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Confederate General, Served in the United States Senate from March 4, 1879 to March 3, 1885. Hero of the Mexican-America war

Date of birth: 06/29/1818

Date of death: 07/17/1898

Area of notoriety: Historical Figure

Marker Type: Monument

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: dawn to dusk

Fee required?: No

Web site: Not listed

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