Moses Williams (Medal of Honor)
Ordnance Sergeant Williams
|Born||October 10, 1845
|Died||August 23, 1899
|Place of burial||Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery, Vancouver, Washington|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1866 - 1898|
|Unit||9th Cavalry Regiment
Coast Artillery Corps, Ft. Stevens, Oregon
|Battles/wars||American Indian Wars|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Moses Williams (October 10, 1845 – August 23, 1899) was a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States.
Williams joined the newly formed 9th Cavalry in 1866. Having been illiterate before joining the army, he learned to read and write, reaching the rank of First Sergeant just two years later.
By August 16, 1881, Williams was serving in Company I of the 9th Cavalry Regiment. On that day he participated in an engagement in the foothills of the Cuchillo Negro Mountains in New Mexico. For his actions during the battle, Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor fifteen years later, on November 12, 1896.
Williams became one of the first African-American Ordnance Sergeants in 1886, and starting in 1895, served at Fort Stevens, Oregon, where he was charged with the care of large coastal gun emplacements. He left the Army in 1898 due to health issues and died the next year at the age of 53. He was buried in Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery, Vancouver, Washington.
Medal of Honor citation
First Sergeant Williams' official Medal of Honor citation reads:
Rallied a detachment, skillfully conducted a running flight of 3 or 4 hours, and by his coolness, bravery, and unflinching devotion to duty in standing by his commanding officer in an exposed position under a heavy fire from a large party of Indians saved the lives of at least 3 of his comrades.
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Indian Wars
- List of African American Medal of Honor recipients
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.