Guide to the Benjamin S. Williams Papers, 1792-1938
Confederate Army officer, planter, and official of Hampton County, S.C. Mainly personal letters of Williams and his family, concerning his Civil War military service in the 25th and 47th Georgia Infantry Regiments, his efforts to become a planter after the war, his personal life, and his work as sheriff and auditor of Hampton County, S.C. Includes early land deeds, and letters from a physician who served in Cuba and Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War.
- Collection Number
- Benjamin S. Williams papers
- Williams, Benjamin S., b. 1843
- 4 Linear Feet, 859 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
Papers of Benjamin S. Williams, Confederate soldier, cotton planter, businessman and local politician, consisting of land deeds; a marriage license; several papers relating to the sale of slaves; clippings; correspondence; general orders of the South Carolina militia in 1877; and commissions of Williams for various offices. Civil War letters from Benjamin S. Williams, from his father, Gilbert W. M. Williams (d. 1863), Baptist minister and colonel in the 47th Regiment of Georgia Volunteer Infantry, and from A. D. Williams describe camp life; Colonel Williams's duties as commander of the 47th Regiment; deserters; Abraham Lincoln; military activities in Georgia from 1861 to 1862, in Mississippi in 1863, around Chattanooga (Tennessee) during 1863, and Smithfield (North Carolina) in 1865; charges against the 47th Regiment; the death of Sergeant Albert Richardson; and the disbanding of the Brunson branch of the South Carolina militia. Other correspondence discusses the destruction in South Carolina after Sherman's troops passed through; the behavior of the freedmen; articles written by Benjamin S. Williams regarding his war experiences; Tillmanism; the United Daughters of the Confederacy; affairs of the Confederate Infirmary at Columbia; South Carolina; the United confederate Veterans; Williams's pension claim; efforts of William A. Courtenay to write a history of the battle of Honey Hill, South Carolina; the service of Dr. Abraham Dallas Williams, brother of Benjamin S. Williams, in Cuba and Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War; the activities of the "red shirts" in South Carolina; and an investigation of the financial condition of Hampton County, South Carolina, in 1906.
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Confederate Army officer, planter, and official of Hampton County, S.C.
- Confederate States of America. Army -- Officers -- Correspondence
- Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Regiment, 25th
- Hampton County (S.C.) -- Officials and employees
- Plantations -- South Carolina -- Hampton County
- Spanish-American War, 1898
- United States. Army -- Surgeons
- Williams family
- Williams, Benjamin S., b. 1843
[Identification of item], Benjamin S. Williams Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Benjamin S. Williams Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1950 and 1951.
Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff, date unknown
Encoded by Meghan Lyon, September 2011