The Lemuel Durbin Williams Papers Finding Aid MS158

The Lemuel Durbin Williams Papers Finding Aid MS158


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Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Kathleen Crossman

Repository
Local History and Special Collections Branch, Alexandria Library
Identification
MS158
Title
Lemuel Durbin Williams Papers (MS158) 1842-1885 (Bulk 1853-1862)
Quantity
.23 Cubic Feet, 12 folders
Creator
Williams, Lemuel Durbin, CPT, 1830-1865
Language
English .

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Lemuel Durbin Williams Papers, MS158, Alexandria Library, Local History/Special Collections, Alexandria, Va.


Biographical / Historical

Lemuel Durbin Williams (1831?-1865) was a member of the Washington Light Infantry militia for several years prior to the start of the Civil War. When the D.C. Militia Infantry was formed to defend Washington D.C. in the early days of the Civil War, he joined the Washington Light Infantry for a 3-month tour of duty on April 10, 1861 and initially served as a 1st Lieutenant. Upon the promotion of Captain Lemuel Towers a month later, Williams was promoted to Captain and took command of the company. He was mustered out on July 10, 1861. Influenced by his work with a volunteer militia and his service in the Civil War he published one military instruction manual early in 1861 and wrote two other related works that apparently were never published. By profession Williams was a draughtsman. He worked for the United States Coast Survey and later for the Northwest Boundary Survey Office. Examples of maps that Williams worked on can be found online at the Library of Congress American Memory site. Information about additional maps can be found on the American Philosophical Society website. Professionally and for publication he used the names L.D. Williams and Lem D. Williams. His outside interests extended to submitting two designs for a Treasury note; he received the offered premium because significant amounts of his designs were incorporated into the final product. Williams married Sarah M. O'Donnell in 1852. He died at age 34 on July 31, 1865 after a short illness. He was survived by his wife and six children.

Content Description

The collection is primarily focused on Williams' membership in the Washington Light Infantry, his published and unpublished works on proper performance of various military duties, and his work for the Coast Survey. The collection contains a work log from his days at the Coast Survey, correspondence received by Williams, and his published and unpublished works, including one which was written over part of a daily log from his service in the D.C. Militia Infantry.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Surveyors -- 1850-1870
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States Coast Survey.
  • Washington Light Infantry -- 1860-1865
  • Williams, L.D.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Williams, Lemuel Durbin, CPT, 1830-1865

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865

Container List

Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-1
Biographical
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-2
U.S. Coast Survey - daily log
1853-1857
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-3
U.S. Coast Survey - correspondence with Jacob Monk
1859-1862
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-4
U.S. Coast Survey - notes
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-5
Washington Light Infantry - membership records
1842-1858
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-6
Washington Light Infantry - correspondence
1861-1864
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-7
Washington Light Infantry - dance card
1885
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-8
Works - American Illustrated Military Textbook
1861
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-9
Works - Laws and Principles Governing in the Field, Camp and Garrison
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-10
Works - "Diary of Command " and "Notes on a new/revised Work."
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-11
Treasury Note Designs.
Text Assorted Box: 3 folder: 158-12
Souvenir ($50 Confederate bill).
Text Oversize Box: 2 folder: 1
Muster roll for Company A, Washington Light Infantry District
1861 April 10
Text Oversize Box: 2 folder: 2
Flyer advertising The American Illustrated Military Text Book.