George W. Williams, Co A, 7th Texas Infantry

Member of Company A, 7th Texas Infantry CSA which was General Hiram Granbury’s original unit.

Rank, unit served with – Company A, 7th Texas Infantry CSA

Any personal info about the soldier that you’re aware of – he was of Colonel Leonard Williams and Mary Jane Ware.

Was he wounded at Franklin? Captured? Missing? Killed?-
George was killed in the Battle of Franklin.

Survive Franklin? Survive the war? No
Your exact relation? – He is a member of a collerateral family to my Estes family.

Burial place? – He is buried at the McGavock Cemetery in the Texas section

Any pictures of the soldier: in uniform? Before or after the war? – Unfortunately not

Surviving letters, diaries, or documents you’re willing to share? – My Estes uncle had written letters to his wife and a couple from the youngest Estes brother who served in the same unit.

The email address for you to be contacted?

Lisa also provided this info:

Although his government marker at the Old Town Cemetery in Mt. Calm states George W. Williams was in the 10th Texas infantry and supposedly died at the Battle of Atlanta, from my research based on the rolls of infantry and cavalry regiments of Texas men listed in “This Band of Heros” by James McCaffrey (EAKIN PRESS, 1985, p. 183-184) which chronicles Granbury’s Texas Brigade and the listing published in the newsletter “The Polignac Gazette, Volume 2, Number 9, March 1995, General C.J. de Polignac Camp #1648, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Arlington, Texas” listed the identified  and unidenfied Confederate graves of the McGavock Confederate Cemetery in Franklin, Tennessee (from the Battle of Franklin – Army of Tennessee on Nov. 30, 1864) as well as references made in “The Estes Letters” (Aaron to Elisabeth) from Edward B. Estes (writing to his older brother Aaron) naming George W. Williams as being with him (Edward – dated Jan. 13, 1862 from Hopkinsville, KY to brother Aaron at Virginia Point, (Galveston) Texas…George and Len H. Williams sends their best respects to you.  And George desires me to tell you that he is as stout as a Bull and would like very much to see you.”),  I believe that George W. Williams died at the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee in November of 1864.  According to the Granbury’s Brigade book, also listed in the Company A, 7th Texas infantry are Edward B. Estes, L.H. Williams and L.S. Williams.  I also compared other men from the area referenced in Edward’s letter to Aaron as already being killed in the war by 1862 and all of these men were listed in the Company A, 7th Texas Infantry brigade under Granbury’s command.  In fact, Company A, 7th Texas Infantry was the Company in which Granbury initially served holding the ranks of Colonel, Lt. Colonel and Major.

Although it was stated by other family researchers that George W. Williams also died during the Battle of Atlanta, according to my research (based on these letters between Aaron and Edward, the muster rolls in the back of the book by McCaffrey and a list of the 89 Texans killed during the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee on November 30, 1864) George W. Williams was killed during this, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War which took the lives of several of the South’s generals including General Hiram Bronson Granbury under whom Edward and George had fought the entire war under.  From a list of the McGavock Cemetery in Franklin, Tennessee, it appears that George W. Williams is buried there.  A restoration project funded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy is currently underway to restore and refurbish these headstones while maintaining the historical integrity of the cemetery.  This project and rededication is due to be completed in June of 1996.

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