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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 4: campaign of the Army of the Cumberland from Murfreesboro'to Chattanooga. (search)
s were young men, and were relations, by marriage, of General Lee, the chief of the Confederate armies. Autun was Colonel Orton Williams, about twenty-three years of age, son of a gallant officer of the National army and graduate of West Point, who was killed in the war with Mexico. Dunlap was Lieutenant W. G. Peter. Young Williams was, at that time, on the staff of General Bragg, and Peter on that of General Wheeler. Williams resigned a lientenancy of cavalry in 1861, and joined the rebels. Williams resigned a lientenancy of cavalry in 1861, and joined the rebels. He is represented as an excellent young, man; but, influenced by the example of his kinsman, General Lee, he took sides with the enemies of hi country, and lost his life in trying to serve them. He had lately married a young widow, formerly Miss Haimpressible, he was the victim of his more wicked elders, who taught him to sin against his country. The execution of Williams and Peter made a deep impression because of their family and official connections. The Confederate authorities at Richm