Jim Williams, a Union Soldier, 1863

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Image Reference

Harper's Weekly (March 28, 1863), p.196. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Engraved from a photograph of "Union Jim." Williams was a 26 year old from Washington, D.C. As a member of the 95th Illinois regiment, he along with forty other African American soldiers held off a rebel party. Following his display of bravery, Williams wanted to raise his own company of black troops.