|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1840, New Zealand|
|Death: ||Oct. 13, 1930|
Rhode Island, USA
Pvt., 10th RI Inf., Co. B.
Capt., 14th R.I.H.A., Co. H.
Joshua Addeman was born in 1840 at Bay of Islands, New Zealand to Australian parents Thomas and Maria Fligg Addeman. They made a six-months voyage on a whaling vessel and arrived in Providence, Rhode Island in 1843. Joshua attended Providence public schools and was an 1862 graduate of Brown University. At the end of his senior year he enlisted as a private in the 10th Rhode Island Infantry, Co. B., for three months service in Maryland and Virginia. He was then made a 2nd Lieutenant in the 13th Rhode Island Infantry, but that unit never formed, so he was made a 2nd Lieutenant in Co. L. of the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, the state's only regiment for African-American soldiers. He was later promoted to the rank of Captain and transferred to Co. H. In 1880, he was the author of "Reminiscences of Two Years with the Colored Troops" about his experiences with the 14th during the War.
After the war he took up the profession of law. He was also involved in government as a clerk in the Rhode Island House of Representatives and as Rhode Island's Secretary of State from 1872 - 1887. He was treasurer of the Industrial Trust Company, and later its Vice-President. He was Clerk of the Common Council of Rhode Island, treasurer and then Vice-President of the Rhode Island Electric Protective Company, President of the Franklin Lyceum, President of the Soldiers and Sailors Historical Society of Rhode Island, Vice-President of the Home for Aged Men in Providence and President of the Tenth Rhode Island Veterans Association. He was a member of Prescott Post #1 G.A.R. and a Mason, and was an honorary member of the Rhode Island Society of the Cincinnati.
His wife, Louise Waterman Winsor, whom he married in 1872, survived him, dying in 1936. They were the parents of three daughters, Grace Fentress, Marie Elliott and Julia Jenckes.
(Most bio info taken from The Fourteenth Regiment Rhode Island Heavy Artillery in the War to Preserve the Union 1861-1865 by William H. Chenery, Snow & Farnham Printers, Providence, 1898)
Louise Waterman Winsor Addeman (1850 - 1936)*
Julia Doane Addeman Jenckes (1877 - 1933)*
Swan Point Cemetery
Rhode Island, USA
Created by: Jen Snoots
Record added: Apr 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26469864