Robert Williams, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1851, 19th in his class of 42, and was assigned to the dragoons. He served on the Western frontier and taught cavalry tactics at West Point before the war.
He was promoted to Captain, Assistant Adjutant General, August 3, 1861, and was with the Department of Annapolis and of the Shenandoah until October 5, 1861. He was commisioned Colonel, 1st Massachusetts Cavalry, October 7, 1861 and commanded this regiment at Secessionville, James Island and Hilton before joining the Army of the Potomac, August-October 1862. As a Major, July 17, 1862, he was an assistant in the Adjustant General's office for the remainder of the war, resigning from the Volunteer Service on October 1,1862.
He continued in the regular army, retiring in 1893 as a Brigadier General, and was Adjustant General of the Army, having been breveted Brigadier General, United States Army, for his war services.
He as born at Culpepper County, Virginia, November 5, 1829. He died on August 24, 1901, at the age of 73, and was buried with full military honors in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery. His son, James Cutts Williams, First Lieutenant, United States Army, who died in the Philippine Insurrection, is buried adjacent to him.
- ADJUT GEN BRIG GEN USA
- DATE OF DEATH: 08/25/1901
- BURIED AT: SITE 972
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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