Rank and organization: Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy. Entered service
at: New York, N.Y.
Birth: Elizabethtown, N.J. G.O. No: 17, 10 July 1863.
Citation: Captain of an 11_inch gun aboard the U.S.S. Mohican during action
of the main squadron of ships against the heavily defended Forts Beauregard
and Walker on Hilton Head, and against ships of the Confederate Fleet,
7 November 1861. Cool and courageous at his battle station, Williams maintained
steady fire against the enemy while under the fort batteries during a 4_hour
engagement which resulted in silencing the batteries of the forts and in
the rout of the rebel steamers.
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)