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John Willian, Jr.
Birth: 1835
Lancashire, England
Death: Apr. 25, 1869
Gloucester City
Camden County
New Jersey, USA

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Born in Lancashire, England, he served during the Civil War in four different Union regiments, and on the staff of three separate Union Generals. Entered the Union forces right after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, serving as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 4th New Jersey Militia during the First Bull Run Campaign. When the regiment was mustered out at the end of July 1861, he received a commission as Captain in the newly-raised 6th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry. However, he was soon assigned to the staff of Brig. General Henry Price as his Assistant Commissary of Musters. In time he returned to his unit, and was promoted to Major before being tabbed for the staff of Brig. General Gershom Mott (who had been the 6th New Jersey's Colonel). Served as General Mott's acting Assistant Inspector General before being transferred to the 8th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, becoming its Lieutenant Colonel. He was then again assigned as an Assistant Inspector General, this time on the staff of Army of the Potomac II Corps commander Major General Andrew A. Humphreys. Finally, in the last days of the war, he was promoted to Colonel, and was given command of the remnants of the 12th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, a unit that had fought continuously since the Battle of Chancellorsville in May 1863, and had been reduced to only a fraction of its original size. His appointment to that command caused great consternation amongst the remaining 12th New Jersey veterans, who though the Colonelcy should have gone to their own Major Henry Chew. Even though he was the unit's Colonel, John Willian did not serve in that direct role long, being assigned to brigade command soon after his appointment. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on April 9, 1865 for "highly meritorious services during the recent campaign terminating with the surrender of the insurgent army under General Robert E. Lee". (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
Burial:
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Gloucester City
Camden County
New Jersey, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Russ Dodge
Record added: Feb 28, 2003
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John Willian, Jr.
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John Willian, Jr.
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John Willian, Jr.
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