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b.  08/02/1829 Columbia, Kentucky.  d. 07/09/1902 Jamestown, Rhode Island.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/12/1862 Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi.

 

Civil War Union Brigadier General, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Columbia, Kentucky, he was chairman of the Iowa State Democratic Committee when mustered into the Union Army as a 1st lieutenant at the start of the Civil War. He fought at the Battle of Pea Ridge, was promoted Lieutenant Colonel and appointed Colonel in command of the 4th Iowa Infantry in May 1962. On December 29, 1862 at Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi, he led his regiment against a strongly entrenched Confederate position. Even after being was seriously wounded, he continued to held his ground when all support units had been withdrawn. For this action, the siege of Vicksburg, the Chattanooga and Atlanta campaigns, he was promoted Brigadier General in January 1865. After the war, he was elected chairman of the Iowa Delegation and served as commissioner of the General Land Office. For his actions at Chickasaw Bayou, Mississippi, in December 1862, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on January 17, 1895.

 

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Led his regiment against a superior force, strongly entrenched, and held his ground when all support had been withdrawn.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: ROCK CREEK CEMETERY, WASHINGTON DC.

Section E, Lot 128, Site 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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James Alexander Williamson

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