ARKANSAS HISTORICAL QUARTERLY, Volume 31 (Spring 1972), p. 36

 

Hillsboro's Soldier-Citizen:

Horatio Gates Perry Williams

 

By ARTHUR R. AND ROBERT B. BUCKALEW*

El Dorado

In memory of Victor Herbert Williams

ON A NOVEMBER DAY IN THE YEAR 1908, MISS ELLIE TATUM, the first grade teacher at El Dorado Grammar School informed the Williams twins, Ralph and Lloyd, they were to rush home immediately because their grandfather, Colonel H. G. P. Williams, had just died at his home in nearby Hillsboro (1). Highly respected by the citizens of his community and often called "Colonel" by his friends, Williams had lived an unusual life compared to that of an ordinary citizen, and many of his deeds were well remembered before and after his demise (2). He had been a builder of Union County; a delegate to the constitutional convention of 1874; and also the man who caused, at the battle of Jenkins's Ferry, the deployment of Union troops to meet his flanking attack on Cox Creek.

 

Horatio Gates Perry Williams was the son of an Indian fighter, Benjamin Williams, and Martha Pounds Williams. Both parents were of Scotch-Irish descent with their ancestry going back to the old countries. In 1843, his family migrated from their former surroundings in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and settled in a small south Arkansas community known as Hillsboro, named after the Wright Hill family (3).

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* Mr. Arthur R. Buckalew is a sales representative for Hurley Printing and Stationery Company, El Dorado,
and a Civil War buff. His son, Robert, is a history major at Centenary College.
1. Interview with Dr. Ralph Williams, the grandson of H. G. P. Williams and a resident of El Dorado, June
1969.
2. Interview in Oct. 1968 in Homer, La. with Frank Hudson, a former Union county judge and former
resident of Hillsboro.
3. The Goodspeed Co., Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas (Chicago,
Nashville, and St. Louis, 1890), 870. Hereafter cited as Goodspeed.

 

 

 

 

 

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