Williams was born in Prince Georges County, Maryland. In his youth, he worked for, and then became, his county's clerk. After a brief period as a merchant in Baltimore, he joined the Frederick City rifle corps in mid-1775. At the start of the Revolution, he served during the siege of Boston. In late 1776, he was wounded and captured at Ft. Washington, New York. There, the British suspected him of espionage and imprisoned him for over a year in New York City. After his exchange, he fought at Monmouth and then joined the Continental Army's southern campaign, about which he later wrote in his detailed Narrative of the Campaign of 1780. He fought at Camden, Kings Mountain, Guilford Court House, Hobkirks Hill, and Eutaw Springs, serving until the war's end.
The general public and the citizens are encouraged to attend to honor the General. The chapter will also be fielding for the first time itâs color guard and the handmade flags they use. The color guard will be outfitted in period correct revolutionary war uniforms and accoutrements. If you would like to see what Maryland first flag looked like and the first flag representing our united Colonies, please attend for this day of memorial and history. The color guard will be available after the service for photographs and to talk with the public and answer question.