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John Williams (b. abt 1844) served as an under cook in Company G, 13th Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry. He is one of twenty-three black men known to have served with the regiment, all of whom served as company cooks.

Personal life

John Williams was born about 1844 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Civil War service

Williams enlisted in Company G on February 14, 1864 in Overton County, Tennessee for a period of three years. He mustered in on April 16, 1864 in Nashville.

At enlistment he was 28 years old, black complexion, black eyes, and black hair.[1] Williams residence is given as Atlanta where his occupation was as a waiter.

According to the muster rolls Williams was present every month throughout his service. He mustered out with the regiment on September 5, 1865 at Knoxville. Records state that he was last paid to February 14, 1864.

Later life

No further information about Williams or the location of his grave has been found.


  1. His height was not recorded.