Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1840, Ireland. Accredited
to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864.
Citation: On board the U.S.S.
Lehigh, Charleston Harbor, 16 November 1863, during the hazardous task
of freeing the Lehigh, which had been grounded, and was under heavy enemy
fire from Fort Moultrie. After several previous attempts had been made,
Williams succeeded in passing in a small boat from the Lehigh to the Nahant
with a line bent on a hawser. This courageous action while under severe
enemy fire enabled the Lehigh to be freed from her helpless position.
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)