Nelson Grosvenor Williams
Gen. Williams' unmarked grave is in this
location: Section 147; Lot 22000.
Nelson Grosvenor Williams was born in Bainbridge, New York, a village near the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, on May 4, 1823. While a small boy he moved with his parents to Utica, where he grew up. He entered the Military Academy in 1839, but withdrew in July, 1840, "for deficiency in mathematics." ) He later engaged in the importing business in New York City, but in 1855 moved to Dubuque, Iowa, where he conducted a general store for a time; then he settled on a farm in Dyers-ville, Iowa. Williams was commissioned colonel of the 3rd Iowa Infantry on June 26, 1861, and served under Stephen A. Hurlbut that summer in Missouri, taking part in several unimportant movements in the northern part of the state. At Shiloh he directed a brigade of Hurlbut's division and was severely injured when a cannonball struck his horse, hurling the animal to the ground on top of him. He was paralyzed for a number of weeks, and consequently resigned his commission on November 27, 1862. Meantime Hurlbut had applied for his promotion to brigadier general, and he was appointed on November 29, 1862. Because he was no longer in service, the Senate refused the appointment on March 9, 1863. In the interim Williams had returned to his Iowa farm, where he continued to reside until 1869, when President Grant, a former classmate at West Point, appointed him a deputy collector of customs in New York City. He continued in this position until his death twenty-eight years later, at which time "he had charge of the public stores in Laight St." General Williams died at his residence in Brooklyn on November 30, 1897, and was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery.
Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.