Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Alpheus S. Williams
Erected 1921 by The General Alpheus S. Williams Association.
Location. 42° 20.352′ N, 82° 59.265′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker is on Central Avenue near Inselruhe Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Belle Isle, Detroit MI 48207, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Detroit Spanish American War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Police Radio Dispatch (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ransom Eli Olds (approx. 0.3 miles away); S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald (approx. Perry's Victory (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gen. O. M. Poe Post No. 433 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Army of the Republic (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
Regarding Alpheus S. Williams. Monument, consisting of an equestrian statue of General Alpheus S. Williams, at Central and Inselruhe avenues, Belle Isle, Detroit. The statue is the work of the sculptor Henry Merwin Shrady. It depicts Williams sitting astride his horse and studying a baffle map during a storm. The General Alpheus S. Williams Association was formed in 1911 to spearhead the drive for the monument. The Detroit Common Council appropriated $25,000 for the site and base. Shrady was paid $30,000. The monument was unveiled on October 15, 1921. The inscription reads:
Major General Alpheus Starkey Williams. 1810-1878. Hero of two wars. Judge. Editor. Postmaster. Diplomat. Member of Congress. An untiring servant of the people. An honor to the City of Detroit. The Michigan Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States and citizens of Detroit have erected this tribute to the valor and abilities of Alpheus S. Williams, Lieut-Colonel, First Michigan Infantry Volunteers in the War with Mexico. Brig.-General and Brevet Maj. General United States Volunteers in the Civil War.
[Alpheus S. Williams was born in Connecticut in 1810, but from 1837 to his death in 1878 he was a resident of Detroit. His military record was a most distinguished one. He served as lieutenant colonel of the 1st Michigan Infantry in the Mexican War. When the Civil War broke out, he was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers by Lincoln. He commanded the Twelfth Corps at the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, and Gettysburg, and he commanded the Twentieth Corps in Sherman's campaigns in 1864-65. He was elected to Congress in 1874 and died in 1878 before the expiration of his second term. See Joseph Greusel, General Alpheus S. Williams (Detroit, 1911), and Milo M. Quaife, ed., From the Cannon's Mouth: The Civil War Letters of General Alpheus S. Williams (Detroit, 1959).]
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