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John Jefferson Williams
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Born: 1843
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Died: May 13, 1865 (aged 21–22)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: Union Army
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Rank: Private
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Unit: 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry
Battles: American Civil War
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John Jefferson Williams (1843–May 13, 1865) was a Union soldier and private in Company B the 34th Regiment Indiana Infantry and was the last soldier killed in the American Civil War.


Williams was born in 1843 in Jay County, Indiana, and joined the Union Army September 1863, probably in Anderson. He moving to Camp Joe Holt where his unit drilled before being put on duty in the field. His regiment spent most of the war on guard and garrison duty in the Western Theatre, including New Orleans where he was stationed before his unit joined the army forming for the invasion and occupation of Texas in spring of 1865. He first saw action in the Battle of Palmito Ranch near Brownsville, Texas where he died May 13, 1865. Williams is recognized as being the last soldier to have been killed in action during the Civil War.[1]

He is buried in the Alexandria National Cemetery in Pineville, Louisiana.[2] His grave can be found in plot 797.[2]

See also[]

  • Indiana in the American Civil War


  1. "The Civil War". PBS. Retrieved September 27, 2009. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 John J. Williams (American Civil War) at Find a Grave Retrieved on March 27, 2010

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