0, behaving gallantly in the war with Mexico.
He was made brigadier-general of volunteers in September, 1861; commanded for a time the forts at Hatteras, and accompanied Butler in the expedition to New Orleans.
He was engaged in cutting the canal in front of Vicksburg, and was placed in command at Baton Rouge in August, 1862. General Van Dorn sent Gen. J. C. Breckinridge to seize the post.
He expected to be aided by the ram Arkansas.
He attacked the Nationals vigorously on the morning of Aug. 5.
Williams had only about 2,500 men to oppose the assailants; Breckinridge had 5,000.
The first blow struck fell upon Maine, Indiana, and Michigan troops, who were pushed back; when others from Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Wisconsin, with two sections of a battery, hastened to their relief.
The battle lasted about two hours. The 21st Indiana lost all its field officers.
General Williams then took command of the regiment, and was leading them on, when he was killed by a bullet that pa