Confederate Army Engineer
William G. Williamson Civil War Journal
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About this Collection
Civil War journal, consisting of reports (September 1862-May 1863) submitted to the Chief Engineer's Office, Army of Northern Virginia, in which Williamson discusses destroying bridges at Harper's Ferry, reconnaissance and mapping trips in the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont; Jones Raid in West Virginia. William Garnett Williamson b. 1840 Norfolk, Va; graduate Washington College, Lexington, VA; VMI Class of 1864 Military Science; 1st Regiment Engineers, CSA; civil engineer; d. 1898, Pensacola, FL while constructing coastal defenses during the Spanish-American War.
Read the Full Text Reports (as listed below)
- 1862 Oct. 14 (activities for month of Sept. 1862).
Williamson assigned to Gen. Stonewall Jackson; blows up railroad bridge at Harper's Ferry.
- 1862 Nov 15 (activities for month of Oct. 1862).
Reconnaissance in Shendandoah Valley; mapmaking
- 1862 Dec 4 (activities for month of Nov. 1862).
Reconnaissance in Shenandoah Valley & Piedmont
- 1863 Jan 7 (activities for month of Dec. 1862).
Reconnaissance in Piedmont
- 1863 Feb. 20 (activities for month of Jan. 1863).
Williamson assigned to temporary duty with General D. H. Hill. Works on Hill's batteries.
- 1863 March 31 (activities for month of Feb & March 1863).
Rifle pits on Rappahannock.
- 1863 May 26 (activities for month of April-May 1863).
Western Virginia Campaign; BG William E. Jones' West Virginia Raid; destroying bridges.
You may also view a notebook kept by Williamson, which includes many wonderful sketches. The digital images were supplied by a descendant who owns the original document.