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George Alexander

George Alexander
Date: 1861-1865
This is a carte-de-visite showing George Alexander a member of Company G, Fifth Kansas Cavalry during the Civil War. He lived in Kansas City, Missouri and enlisted on October 10, 1861. Alexander was promoted to sergeant on November 8, 1861.


I troop, 8th U. S. Cavalry in New Mexico

I troop, 8th U. S. Cavalry in New Mexico
Date: 1870
A photograph of I Troop, 8th U. S. Cavalry in New Mexico. The troop commander on the white horse is Captain (brevet major) James Monroe Williams. In the Civil War, he commanded Company F, 5th Kansas Cavalry 1861-1862, colonel of the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry 1862-1864, and brevet brigadier general commanding 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, VII Corps in Arkansas 1864-1865. In 1866, after the Civil War, he entered the regular army as a captain in the 8th US Cavalry, serving as commander of Company I. He served with the 8th Cavalry based at Fort Whipple, Arizona and Forts Selden and Bayard, New Mexico. He resigned in 1873 and became a rancher in Colorado.


James Monroe Williams

James Monroe Williams
Creator: Brady, Mathew B., 1823 (ca.)-1896
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
This is a portrait of Colonel James Monroe Williams. At the beginning of the Civil War, he was commissioned a captain and appointed commander of Company F, 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. In 1862, he resigned from the 5th Kansas to raise a regiment of black infantry, which became the 1st Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry. He became its colonel. In 1864, Williams assumed command of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, VII Corps and was brevetted brigadier general early in 1865. In 1866, after the Civil War, he entered the regular army as a captain in the 8th US Cavalry, serving as commander of Company I. He served with the 8th Cavalry based at Fort Whipple, Arizona, and Forts Selden and Bayard in New Mexico. He resigned in 1873 and became a rancher in Colorado. He was born in 1833 and died in 1907.


Members of the 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry

Members of the 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry
Date: Between 1861 and 1865
These are photographs of the members of the 5th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. Soldiers from several companies are in the images. Those identified include Harvey A. Miller, John T. Wasson, Joseph Wasson, Gilbert M. Woodworth, B. F. Woodworth, Humphrey Smith, William Smith, Andrew J. Link, Thomas Archer, Leonard H. Tripp, P. B. Rexford, Joseph W. Emerson, Elwood Thomas, David Parks (Holton, Jackson County, Kansas), Kelley Fields, Samuel A. Craft, J. W. Shannon, Edward Flanders, John McHale, John Ashbaugh, William W. Wallace, O. D. Crane, Leander Morrison, Peter Heil, Jasper M. Reno, H. A. Simons, Laurence Murphy, James F. Vaughn, Henry Moon, D. R. Porter, S. B. Wade, Olin E. Morse, and unidentified men. Photographers include Hasie & Benton in Helena, Arkansas, Thomas W. Bankes in Helena, Arkansas, and James Marston in Ottawa, Illinois.


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