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George W. Williams, Company A,
7th Texas Infantry Regiment, CSA

My maternal 1st cousin 4 times removed, George W. Williams, served in Company A, 7th Texas Infantry Regiment more than 36 months, Oct 1861 to Nov 1864.

George W. Williams enlisted as a Private on 01 October 1861 in Marshall, Texas. Williams was killed in action at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, on 30 Nov 1864. He is buried in Grave 31, Section 3, McGavock Confederate Cemetery on Carnton Plantation, Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee. Images of his grave marker and McGavock Confederate Cemetery are below. See Note_01.

George W. Williams' story is detailed below.

George W. Williams was born in 1840 at [Leonard] Williams' Ferry, Nacogdoches County, The Republic of Texas; [present day Cherokee County, Texas]. He was the first of three children born to Colonel Leonard G. and Mary Jane [nee Ware] WILLIAMS; see Note_02. Nine older half siblings were born to Colonel Leonard G. and Mary [nee Issacs/Issacks] Williams.

George W. Williams enlisted as a Private in the Waco Guards, Waco, Texas, on 01 October 1861. The Waco Guards and eight other companies were recruited by John Gregg to form the 7th Texas Infantry. The 7th Texas Infantry was mustered into Confederate service on 02 October 1861 in Marshall, Texas, and almost immediately removed to Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The Waco Guards was assigned as Company A of the 7th Texas Infantry Regiment on 10 November 1861 at Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

George W. Williams served more than 36 months in the 7th Texas Infantry Regiment; 10 November 1861 to 30 November 1864. George W. Williams was killed in action at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, on 30 Nov 1864.

George W. Williams was listed as:
  • age 21 when the Waco Guards was assigned as Company A of the 7th Texas Infantry
  • captured at the Battle of Ft. Donelson, Tennessee, 16 Feb 1862
  • imprisoned at Camp Douglas [Chicago], Illinois, circa Feb - Sept 1862
  • exchanged at Vicksburg, Mississippi, on 16 September 1862
  • missing on 12 May 63 in Raymond, Mississippi; apparently returned to the company shortly after
  • killed in action at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, 30 Nov 1864.

    George W. Williams is buried in Grave 31, Section 3, McGavock Confederate Cemetery on Carnton Plantation, Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee. [Five images below.]

    While George W. Williams was in service, the 7th Texas Infantry regiment participated in the following battles which had a direct impact on the course of the war and / or a decisive influence on a campaign
  • Fort Donelson, Tennessee, 12 - 16 February 1862
  • Raymond, Mississippi, 12 May 1863
  • Jackson, Mississippi, 14 May 1863
  • Chickamauga, Georgia, 19 - 20 September 1863
  • Missionary Ridge [Tunnell Hill], Tennessee, 25 November 1863
       part of Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee, 23 - 25 Nov 1863
  • Ringgold Gap [Taylor's Ridge], Georgia, 27 November 1863
  • Gilgal Church, Georgia, 15 June 1864
       part of Battle of Marietta, Georgia, 09 June - 03 July 1864
  • Atlanta, Georgia, 21- 22 July 1864
  • Jonesboro, Georgia, 31 August - 1 September 1864
  • Spring Hill, Tennessee, 29 November 1864
  • Franklin, Tennessee, 30 November 1864
       where George W. Williams met his demise.

  • Notes
    Note_01: McGavock Confederate Cemetery

    In the spring of 1866, the McGavocks set aside two acres on the Carnton Plantation for the re-interment of the Confederate soldiers killed at the Battle of Franklin and buried on the battlefield. With ~1480 graves, the McGavock Confederate Cemetery is the largest private Confederate cemetery in the country.

    I visited McGavock Confederate Cemetery on Carnton Plantation, Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, in October 2005. Five images from that visit are hyperlinked below.

    Signage at the cemetery tells a story of the development of the cemetery.

    The Texas Monument marks section 3, the Texas Section, and memorializes the 89 Texas casualties of Battle of Franklin are buried in McGavock Cemetery.

    George W. Williams' remains are buried in Section 3, Grave 31; the inscription
           31
       G.W.W

    can be discerned in the image of George W. Williams' grave marker.

    Another image shows George W. Williams' marker decorated with The State/Republic of Texas flag and yellow flowers.

    The location of George W. Williams' headstone, the 2nd marker in the 3rd row, relative to the Texas monument is illustrated in a long view of the Texas Section; the flag and yellow flowers can be discerned.

    The Widow Of The South, a novel by Richard Hicks, August 2005, is an embellished / romanticize story of Carrie McGavock, the mistress of Carnton Plantation, the Carnton House being used as a Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, Confederate field hospital, and the decision to re-inter the Confederate dead from the Battle of Franklin on the Carnton Plantation. Carrie [nee Winder] McGavock is credited with developing the burial index of those re-interred.


    Note_02: Leonard H. Williams
    Leonard H. Williams [1798/1802 - 1854], George W. Williams' father, was a bona fide heroic Texas frontiersman and Texas revolutionary army soldier. His service to Texas was formally recognized in the United States Congressional Record of 08 April 1965 and by the Texas legislature in May 1965.

    Leonard H. Williams emigrated to the Nacogdoches District Coahuila y Tejas, Mexico, circa 1821, with his father's extended family. The Thomas Williams family had close ties to and traveled with Chief Bowl and the Cherokees.

    Soon after arriving present-day Texas, Leonard and his brother William [Bill] Williams [my 3rd great grandfather] were captured by a Comanche or Kiowa tribe. They remained captives of a for two years while the nomad tribe ranged from Northern Mexico to the Arkansas River in Kansas and Colorado. They escaped or were released.

    Leonard H. Williams was Texas revolutionary army and Republic of Texas soldier; he participated in the siege Bexar. He was a sergeant in Benton's First Regiment of Texas Rangers. He served with Thomas J. Rusk and William Goyens during the suppression of the Córdova Rebellion.

    Leonard H. Williams served as an Indian interpreter, commissioner [appointed 05 July 1842 by President Sam Houston], agent, and supplier/trader. In 1843, he helped negotiate the treaty of Bird's Fort.

    He was given the title Colonel by his friend, Sam Houston, President of The Republic of Texas, whom he had known in Tennessee.

    Leonard H. Williams and Nancy [nee Isaacs/ Isaacks], his first wife, had six children. Nancy Isaacs/Isaacks was part Cherokee, the niece of Cherokee Indian chief Richard Fields.

    He and Mary Jane [nee Ware], his second wife, had three children.

    He is alternatively known at Leonard S. Williams, Leonard Houston Williams, Leonard O. Goen, and Leonardo Goen / Goyens / Guilean; the latter three reported as his Mexican surnames.

    Sources
    Ref_01: 7th Texas Infantry Regiment by Lars Gjertveit webpage.
    Ref_02: 7th Texas Volunteer Infantry Regiment, A Brief History by Stephen L. Davison on Lars Gjertveit's website.
    Ref_03: This Band of Heroes, Granbury's Texas Brigade, CSA, McCaffrey, James M., Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas,1996
    Ref_04: Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Texas, Sifakis, Stewart, Facts on File, New York, NY, 1995
    Ref_05: Confederate Soldiers In My Family webpages, Lisa Kight.
    Ref_06: Family Of Thomas Williams And Mary Priscilla Brooks webpages Lisa Kight,.
    Ref_07: McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Historic Carton Plantation, Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee, webpage
    Ref_08: McGavock Confederate Cemetery, Williamson County, Tn - Cemeteries, webpage
    Ref_09: NPS CWSSS Battle Summaries website.
    Ref_10: WILLIAMS, LEONARD G., Handbook of Texas Online
    Ref_11: WILLIAMS, WILLIAM, Handbook of Texas Online

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