Major Williams Hall
Major Williams Hall contains offices for various departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, including
- Department of Political Science
- Department of History
- Department of Philosophy
- Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Department of Geography
Maj. Lloyd W. Williams
Major Williams Hall memorializes Major Lloyd William Williams, Class of 1907, to whom has been attributed the famous World War I quote: "Retreat? Hell, no!" When French troops began withdrawing from a battle near Chateau-Thierry, France, a French major ordered Williams to withdraw, too. According to Williams's report, he "told him to 'go to hell.' " Williams was gassed and wounded in the battle and died when a shell exploded nearby as he was being evacuated.
Building HistoryOriginally a residence hall, Major Williams Hall incorporates three sections built at different times: Barracks No. 5, erected in 1904; Barracks No. 6, built in 1927; and a section joining them, constructed in 1957-58. Another 10,614-square-foot addition was added during the last remodel in 1995 to convert it from a residence hall to academic use for a number of departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
Address: 220 Stanger St. | Map Grid: M-3
Originally Built: 1957 | Abbreviation: MAJWM
Latitude: 37.23106 | Longitude: -80.42078