In 1999, Cape Elizabeth celebrated the 100th anniversary of Fort Williams.

This website was devoted to those 100 years, and the celebration activities that took place.

This section is provided for historical interest.

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Gen. Seth Williams

MAJ. GEN. SETH WILLIAMS, U.S. ARMY

1822-1866

Born March 22, 1822, in Augusta, Maine, Gen. Seth Williams was a member of the class of 1842 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He served with honor and gallantry during the Mexican War. During the Civil War he participated in the campaigns at Gettysburg and with the Army of the Potomac. Assigned to the staff of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, he was among those present at Appomattox Court House April 9, 1865, to witness the signing of the papers that brought an end to hostilities between North and South. Gen. Williams had just been assigned to duty as adjutant for the Military Division of the Atlantic, when he was taken ill. He died five weeks later, one day after his 44th birthday. He is buried next to his parents in Augusta, Maine.