McCauley Lecture Series Continues
Fletcher Branch Library
100 S. Potomac St.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 301-739-3250 x 350
April 3 • 7:00 PM
John Beakes will be the featured speaker for the April 3, 2017 Robert McCauley Historical Lecture. The lecture titled, Otho Holland Williams in the American Revolution is free and open to the public. It will be held in rooms 308 and 309 beginning at 7:00 PM.
Otho Holland Williams (the founder of Williamsport, Maryland) had a distinguished record of service in the Continental Army from Congress's first call for troops in 1775 until the end of active combat. He began the war as a twenty-six-year-old lieutenant and military novice who had been a clerk in the Frederic County Office, and when the war ended he was a Brigadier General and one of the most experienced combat officers in the Continental Army. He fought in the Boston and New York Campaigns of 1775 and 1776; he was wounded at the Battle of Fort Washington in November, 1776, and was a prisoner-of-war for 14 months in New York. He was exchanged, promoted to Colonel, and given command of a Maryland regiment. He served as acting Adjutant General of the Army for four months when Colonel Alexander Hammel was on leave, and his military career reached its apex in the South, where the Maryland troops were transferred in early 1780. He fought with distinction at the battles of Camden, Guilford Courthouse, Hobkirk's Hill and Eutaw Springs, for the last of which he was awarded a sword by Congress for gallantry in action. After the War. General Williams retired to Maryland, where he served as Collector of the Port of Baltimore and maintained a home in and deep ties to Western Maryland.