Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1842, Norway. Accredited
to: Massachusetts. G.O. No: 59, 22 June 1865.
Citation: On board the U.S.S.
Santiago de Cuba during the assault by the fleet on Fort Fisher, on 15
January 1865. When the landing party to which he was attached charged on
the fort with a cheer, and with determination to plant their colors on
the ramparts, Williams remained steadfast when they reached the foot of
the fort and more than two_thirds of the marines and sailors fell back
in panic. Taking cover when the enemy concentrated his fre on the remainder
of the group, he alone remained with his executive officer, subsequently
withdrawing from the field after dark.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)