|Birth||Feb. 14, 1848|
|Death||Aug. 1, 1937|
|Unit||7th Iowa Cavalry, Company A|
Corporal Robert P Williams
Company A, 7th Iowa Cavalry
Williams was born in Blandenburg (Wapello County), Iowa on February 14, 1848. The 16 year old enlisted and mustered in the regiment on March 28, 1864. Williams served over 2 years. He was discharged on May 17, 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas on May 17, 1866. Williams enlisted as a private and was promoted to corporal on November 25, 1865.
The 7th Iowa Cavalry was assigned to the Dakota and Nebraska Territories during the Civil War. Their primary duties included guarding telegraph lines and escorting trains and emigrants. On January 7, 1865, near Julesburg, Colorado, the regiment was involved in a major battle against the plains Indians. Fifteen members of the 7th Iowa Cavalry were lost on that date.
Williams died on August 1, 1937 at the age of 89 years. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne (Wayne County), Nebraska. Williams was a member of the Casey Post (#5) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Wayne.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.