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    Union General Alpheus Williams Carte de Visite. Both 2.5" x 4". One features the seated general with hat on his knee. The other is a bust shot. In both, he is in uniform. Alpheus Starkey Williams, a brevet major general of volunteers in the Union Army, was 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. By war's end, Williams was made brevet major general of volunteers. He later served as minister resident of El Salvador (1866-69) and was then elected as a Democrat to two terms of Congress, from 1875 until his death. Both images are clean with penciled notations on the reverse.

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