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    BREVET MAJOR GENERAL ALPHEUS S. WILLIAMS AND STAFF: PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVE. Alpheus Starkey Williams (1810-78). Brevet major general of volunteers in the Union Army, known as "Old Pap" because of his full beard. Williams served in the Mexican War as a lieutenant colonel and was postmaster of Detroit from 1849 through 1853. At the start of the Civil War he was commissioned a brigadier general of volunteers for the 1st Division/ V Corps in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign, 1st Div./ II Corps at Cedar Mountain, 1st Div./ XII Corps at South Mountain, XII Corps at Antietam, and the 1st Div./ XII Corps at Chancellorsville. He commanded the XII Corps at Gettysburg, the 1st Div./ XII Corps at Chickamauga, and 1st Div./ XX Corps in the Atlanta campaign, Sherman's March to the Sea.

    By war's end, Williams was made brevet major general of volunteers. He was appointed minister resident of El Salvador (1866-69) and was then elected as a Democrat to two terms of Congress, from 1875 until his death.

    This large glass negative shows General Williams with three officers of his staff. There is a portrait of General Williams taken separately by Mathew Brady in the photographic collection of the Library of Congress [#B813-2179A]. That likeness was probably taken at the same sitting as this group portrait.

    Wet-plate glass negative, size 8" x 10". Taken at Brady's Washington, D.C. gallery, circa mid 1860s. Negative secured between protective glass covers and held in an archival frame, 16" x 18".

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