|Birth: ||Jan. 2, 1836|
|Death: ||Dec. 10, 1864|
Residence Wayland MI;
Enlisted on 1/1/1862 as a Corporal.
On 1/1/1862 he mustered into "H" Co. WI 19th Infantry
He died on 12/11/1864 at Fort Monroe, VA
He was listed as:
* Wounded 10/27/1864 Fair Oaks, VA
Federal Pension Information:
His Widow (Henrietta Adams) applied for a pension on 2/14/1865
His Mother (Fanny W Mudgett) applied for a pension on 5/22/1890 from the state of MI
The following is a letter he wrote just 5 months before he died. I have added in parends, the full names of those he mentions in the letter. Some parts of the letter do not make sense, however I have transcribed the letter as I can read it.
Camp of the 19th Wis. Vols in the Field near Bermuda Hundred Va. June 6th, 1864
Mr & Mrs Barnes (Lucius Atwater and Keziah Almira Barnes)
It has been a long time since I have heard anything from you. Not since Isaac (Isaac Carlos Barnes) first enlisted. A short time after his enlist. (Isaac Enlisted in Company E, Michigan 10th Cavalry Regiment on 12 Sep 1863. He mustered out on 11 Nov 1865 at Memphis, TN.). I received a letter from Martha ( Martha Rhoba Barnes). I have written twice to her and once to you since but have heard nothing from any of you. Since perhaps you have never got them, as I often have them lost especially since we have gone into the field. But never mind I will try it once more. Though I sometimes think that I have been gone so long that some of my good old friends have forgotten me but I hope not.
Now I would like to hear from you all once more. I would like to hear from my old friend Martha but - I think as she owes me some already I will not get her indebted any more to me till she makes one payment on the old score. Tell her that I have not forgotten her yet, nor do I think I shall in a long time. And Isaac I have never been able to get his address since he has been in the army. Please give me his address so that I can write to him. Tell him if he will write to me, I will answer immediately.
June 7, 1864
My letter was cut suddenly short last night by the adjutant coming around ordering lights to be put out immediately. As I have a little time this morning I will write a few more just to let you know where I am and how I am getting along. We are in the 18th AC (Army Corps) under Major General Butler on the James River or between the James and the Appomattox. We are now doing Picket to Provost General Duty. 3 companies of our Regiment are doing duty at General Butlers Head Quarters. Our men have to go on Picket every other day some of the time/ Fatigue duty on the intervening days.
It would surprise you to see the change that this place has been through since we have been here. We have built several miles of earth work and several quite extensive forts and roads one a granted with the 6 weeks ago – would hardly know it now.
A part of our regiment were on the advance on Fort Darling that was made on the twelfth of May and the 15th and 16th the whole of us were on the advance line the night of the 15th – that we were so near the works of the army that our sharp shooter kept them from their guns, but the morning of the 16th was so dark and foggy that we could not see the woods and they advanced on us but they could not budge our brigade a bit till they flanked the one on our right and were about to come the same thing on us when we were obliged to fall back. I presume you have read all about it in the papers, so I will not try to tell you all about it. Suffice it to say our Regiment were under fire for the first time almost, since and have been out from 4 AM till 3 PM and stood up to the work mean fully to in the actions of the 13th and 16th inclusive, we have lost 35 in killed and wounded and one missing making in all 36. But – singular to day we never had a man in even Serlaheed. Though the bullets and shells whistled over and around us as thick as anywhere else unless it were two companies of skirmishes who suffered the heaviest share of the loss. Our Colonel commanded the Brigade, the 3rd Brigade, 1st Div, 18 Army Corps and our Lt Colonel the Regiment he was taken Prisoner once during the engagement but he managed to lead the 4 men that took him in the fog, right back to the left of our Regiment who were being down behind a kind of Bret work when he commanded attention Bataton and our men rose up all around them when they surrendered, calling it the best joke of the day.
Well friends I have a good deal to do today, examining, clothing, rations and c, so I will have to stop for this time. Write soon and tell me all of the news you can think of and you will hear from me again.
Please excuse the poor writing for I have scribbled it off without Pains and in a hurry and it rained on my paper last night and nearly spoiled it. You don't know much about such things unless you can be a soldier 2 or 3 years. I remain your humble servant and friend,
E.P. Adams (Edward P Adams)
Edward Payson Adams was one of 787 wounded , 118 killed, 698 missing, the battle of Fair Oaks, Va. Oct 27-28, 1864. The confederates had 10 killed, 44 wounded, and 10 missing.
Hampton National Cemetery
Plot: E-H, 0, 1107
Maintained by: Ralph Brown
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Feb 25, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 256623
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