Moses Williams

A little-known part of Oregon history will be explored at the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum 4 p.m., Thursday, March 14, with Greg Shine.

Shine has recently written an article on Buffalo soldiers in the Pacific Northwest and their time in Washington and Oregon. His presentation will focus primarily on Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Moses Williams and his connections to Fort Stevens.

Born in rural Louisiana in 1845,  Williams joined the U.S. Army in 1866 and embarked on a 31-year military career in the American West, leading troopers of the Ninth U.S. Cavalry’s Buffalo Soldiers and receiving the army’s highest award, the Medal of Honor. From his posting as ordnance sergeant at Fort Stevens on the Oregon coast, Williams petitioned the War Department for the honor of 15 years after demonstrating what the assistant secretary of war later called “most distinguished gallantry in action with hostile Apache Indian in the foothills of the Cuchillo Negro Mountains” in August 1881. Williams was posted at Fort Stevens on October 15, 1895, and served for three years.

Gregory Shine is a historian and author probably best known to Cannon Beach History Center and Museum members for his research, publications and 2009 presentation related to the US Schooner Shark, believed to be the source of the carronade preserved at the History Center.

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum is a private nonprofit located at 1387 South Spruce St. Admission to the museum is donation based. For more information visit or call 503-436-9301.


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