Robert Williams (general)

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Robert Williams
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Robert Williams
Born (1829-11-05)November 5, 1829
Culpeper County, Virginia
Died August 24, 1901(1901-08-24) (aged 71)
Netherwood, New Jersey
Place of Burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1851–1893
Rank Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held Adjutant General of the U.S. Army
Battles/wars American Civil War
Indian Wars

Robert Williams (November 5, 1829–August 24, 1901) was an officer in the United States Army who served as Adjutant General of the U.S. Army from 1892 to 1893.


He was born in Culpeper County, Virginia and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1851. He was appointed to the 1st Dragoons, in which he served until the outbreak of the American Civil War. He served in various staff positions at the beginning of the war, before becoming colonel of 1st Massachusetts Volunteer Cavalry in October 1861. He resigned his Volunteer commission in October 1862 and became a major in the Adjutant General's Department.

Williams remained in the Adjutant General's Department following the end of the war, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in February 1869. He was served as adjutant general of the Department of the Missouri, the Department of the Platte, and the Division of the Missouri, earning a promotion to colonel in July 1881. In December 1890 he returned to the Adjutant General's Department in Washington, and he was elevated to Adjutant General of the U. S. Army with the rank of brigadier general in July 1892. He retired in November 1893.

He died in August 1901, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


  • Association of Graduates (1902). Thirty-Third Annual Reunion of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy. Saginaw, Michigan: Seemann & Peters. pp. 76–78. 

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Military offices
Preceded by
John C. Kelton
Adjutant General of the U. S. Army
July 5, 1892-November 5, 1893
Succeeded by
George D. Ruggles