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The thin wisps at the extremity of Alpheus Starkey Williams’ mustache are not unlike the thinly spread lines along the extreme right flank of the Union Army at Gettysburg.

Williams spent much of the war in the Army of the Potomac culminating in his gallant defense of Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg. He later fought in Eastern Tennessee eventually taking part in Sherman’s march. He had two horses during the war: the elegant Yorkshire and another one named Plug Ugly.