Pvt Jewett Williams
Civil War Veteran
14 August 2016
The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to Escort and Honorably Transfer Civil War Veteran Pvt. Jewett Williams to the Maryland PGR on his way to be with his Civil War Brothers in Maine.
A Color Guard in Oregon State and hospital officials handed over
Pvt Williams’ ashes to The Patriot Guard Riders to be escorted to his final resting place in Maine.
“He was a son, a brother, a husband and a father. At the end of his life, however, he was alone and institutionalized. Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney said at the ceremony. “When he died, nobody came. Nobody came to honor him. Nobody came to take him home. Nobody came. Until Today.”
In 2014, the memorial was opened with the remains of patients unclaimed by relatives kept in urns labeled with names, birth and death dates and embedded in a wall. A gap now exists where Williams’ urn had been. Over 300 other remains have been claimed.
The 20th Maine famously prevented a Union defeat at Gettysburg with a bayonet charge at Little Round Top. Williams, of Hodgdon, Maine, joined in October 1864, more than a year later, but many engagements remained. His regiment was at the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, and in battles with the rebels right up to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, in April 1865.
Jewett shared a tent with his cousin, Albert Williams, who, in a letter reflecting his rudimentary education, described long marches in bad weather and sleeping in the open, according to a family history published online in 2005 by Barbara Ann Estabrook. He also described a scorched-earth campaign.
“i didnt have a chance to get a shot at a reb when we on the rode but i made the Cattle and Sheep and hogs suffer. You bet we killed every thing that we see and burnt everything as we went,” Albert Williams wrote on Dec. 18, 1864, less than four months before he died of fever at age 21.
Jewett Williams was married and divorced, then remarried and moved to Michigan, then to Minnesota where he was a carpenter. His first child died after only 19 months. He and his wife had five more children and moved to Washington state, where the couple separated. In the 1920 census, Williams was listed as a widower in Portland, Oregon.
In April 1922, Williams was admitted to the Oregon State Hospital for the Insane in Salem, as the hospital was then known. He died on July 17, 1922, at 78, of cerebral arteriosclerosis.
None of Jewett’s descendants has been found.
His remains are scheduled to arrive in Maine on Aug. 22 and will be buried with Military Honors in Togus National Cemetery in Maine on Sept. 17.
Pvt Jewett Williams will rejoin his comrades-in-arms in Maine.
Exit 20 I 70 Washington, PA
Briefing: 7:45 AM
KSU: 8:00 AM Sharp!
5, Accident, MD 21520q
For Break, Food & Gas
KSU: To be determined by the Ride Captain
Honorable Transfer To Maryland Patriot Guard.
Super 8 Motel
118 Lime Stone Rd
Anyone is Welcome to join us on the route to MD ( 79 S to 68 W) and may proceed for all of this mission or any part of this mission..
Dress For Rain. Bringing Cages Advised.
Ride Captain: ASC Aaron Zeff