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Capt John Williams

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Capt John Williams Veteran

Birth
Stafford County, Virginia, USA
Death
29 Sep 1812 (aged 49)
Florida, USA
Burial
Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 1, Site 158
Memorial ID
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"Here lie the remains of John Williams, late a Captain in the Corps of Marines, who died at Camp New Hope in East Florida. On 29 September 1812, the Captain, on patrol with a command of twenty men to Davis Creek Block-House in East Florida, was attacked towards evening by upwards of 350 Indian and Negroes who lay concealed in the woods. He instantly gave battle gallantly supported by his men, who inspired by his animating example fought as long as they had a cartridge left. At length, bleeding under eight galling wounds, and unable to stand, he was carried off the battlefield whilst his heroic little band prefesed by superior numbers was forced to retreat. Emminently characterised by cool intrepedity, Captain Williams, envined, during this short but severe contest, those military requisites, which qualify the officer for command and if his sphere of action was too limited to attract the admiration of the world, it was sufficiently expanded to crown his with the approbation of his country, and to added to his breathren in arms, an example as highly useful, as his exit was sealed with honor the life of a patriot-soldier. The body of the deceased was removed to this spot over which his brother officers of the United States Marine Corps, having used this pile to be entered in testimony of his worth and their eternal admiration of his gallant end."
"Here lie the remains of John Williams, late a Captain in the Corps of Marines, who died at Camp New Hope in East Florida. On 29 September 1812, the Captain, on patrol with a command of twenty men to Davis Creek Block-House in East Florida, was attacked towards evening by upwards of 350 Indian and Negroes who lay concealed in the woods. He instantly gave battle gallantly supported by his men, who inspired by his animating example fought as long as they had a cartridge left. At length, bleeding under eight galling wounds, and unable to stand, he was carried off the battlefield whilst his heroic little band prefesed by superior numbers was forced to retreat. Emminently characterised by cool intrepedity, Captain Williams, envined, during this short but severe contest, those military requisites, which qualify the officer for command and if his sphere of action was too limited to attract the admiration of the world, it was sufficiently expanded to crown his with the approbation of his country, and to added to his breathren in arms, an example as highly useful, as his exit was sealed with honor the life of a patriot-soldier. The body of the deceased was removed to this spot over which his brother officers of the United States Marine Corps, having used this pile to be entered in testimony of his worth and their eternal admiration of his gallant end."

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  • Created by: Ken Owens
  • Added: Aug 20, 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29201433/john-williams: accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Williams (24 Aug 1763–29 Sep 1812), Find a Grave Memorial ID 29201433, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA; Maintained by Ken Owens (contributor 25319492).