George T. Williams
Private George Tri Williams
George Williams was the son of George and Drusilla Williams; the family farmed in Center Twp., Boone County, Indiana. In the 1860 U.S. Census, George was 14 years of age.
George Williams first enlisted in Company D, 102nd Indiana Infantry on July 9, 1863 and was mustered out on July 17, 1863. On March 10, 1864 George enlisted as a recruit in Company F, 40th Indiana Reg’t. He served through the Atlanta campaign, seeing the regiments hard action at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. At the battle of Peachtree Creek, July 20, 1864, George went into battle behind the brestworks the regiment had built. Blake’s men beat off several fierce Confederate attacks. It was to be George’s last battle, he was killed in action at the gates of Atlanta. He is buried in the Marietta National Cemetery.
As an interesting note, Private Williams forage cap has an oilcloth cover over it. It appears that the Federal Army was still issuing those items in 1864, and that some would have appeared in the field during the Atlanta Campaign.