William's Artillery Battery
Crute's compendium contains no history for this
By Special Order No. 11, dated at Richmond
January 14, 1863, the Confederate Adjutant and Inspector General's
office authorized "R. S. Williams to raise a light artillery
company, to be equipped with Williams' breech-loading guns, to consist of
Kentuckians, under the call of the President and existing law."
Capt. Williams' compiled service record shows
requisitions for the "Kentucky Battery" dating from April 29,
1863, to August 29, 1864. They are signed by him and show southwestern
Virginia locations around Abingdon. A sack of salt "for the
use of artillery animals" was requisitioned on February 7, 1864, at
Robert S. Williams (ca 1833-1898) of Covington,
Kentucky, was a newspaper editor before and after the Civil War.
Early in the war he moved to Virginia. After its close he returned to
Kentucky and edited newspapers in Covington and Louisville. In later
years he was a tax gauger for the Internal Revenue Service at Covington.
He died there and was buried at Flagg Springs, Campbell County, Kentucky.
Source of the following roster is the
Kentucky Historical Society. [I've added in the names Robert to Williams
and James to Schoolfield, and corrected Whalen to Whallen. Otherwise, the
names are exactly as received.]
ROSTER OF CAPT. R. S. WILLIAMS' "KENTUCKY
1. Captain R(obert). S. Williams
2. First Lieutenant John J(ames).
3. Sergeant George S. Adamson
4. Sergeant John Fish
5. Bayless, D. Brainard
6. Beagle, John T. Beaver
7. Biggs, George
8. Busby, R. Matthew
9. Buzzard, Granville
10. Campbell, Vincent P.
11. Carns, James
12. Carns, William
13. Clark, J. N.
14. Coleman, Robert
15. Colvin, Charles H.
16. Colvin, Levi Allen
17. Daniels, William E.
18. Elliott, L. Kelly
19. Flenor, Levi
20. Frazer, Augustus
21. Frazer, Thomas M.*
22. Fry, J. M.
23. Gum, Robert
24. Hamilton, Henry
25. Hamilton, Vincent
26. Hibler, Joseph N.
27. Hill, Theodore M.
28. Ingle, E. B.
29. Leonard, Rufus
30. Mansfield, Henry
31. McDonald, ----
32. McKinney, William M.
33. Miles, John
34. Miller, John H.
35. Morford, George H.
36. Morford, James W.
37. Nelson, Theodore
38. Peters, Marion D. "Bud"
39. Rice, William
40. Rodefer, Emanuel
41. Schoolfield, William D.
42. Stout, George
43. Trigg, J. E. C.
44. Walters, Roland F.
45. Warring (Warren), Richard
47. Weiss, Phares (Farris) K.
48. Willis, Harry P.
49. Woodward, John G.
50. Woodworth, Lewis M.
*Thomas M. Frazer was Capt. Williams'