About Robert Williams
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Signal Quartermaster Robert Williams, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving as Quartermaster on board the U.S.S. Benton during the Yazoo River (Mississippi) Expedition, 23 to 27 December 1862. Taking part in the hour-and-a-half engagement with the enemy at Drumgould's Bluff, 27 December, Signal Quartermaster Williams served courageously throughout that battle against hostile forces in which the enemy had the dead range of the vessel and were punishing her with heavy fire and, for various other action in which he took part during the Yazoo River Expedition.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 11 (April 3, 1863)
Action Date: December 27, 1862
Rank: Signal Quartermaster
Division: U.S.S. Benton