|Birth: ||Aug. 28, 1842|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 1920|
Residence Dixon IL; enlisted on 5/24/1861 as a private and mustered into Co. A, 13th Illinois Infantry. Was Mustered Out on 6/18/1864 at Springfield, IL. Member of GAR Post # 30 (Stephenson) in Springfield, IL.
Federal Pension Information:
He applied for a pension on 2/1/1892 from the State of IL
application # 1,058,910. His Widow (Lydia H Atkins) applied for a pension on 3/23/1920 from the State of IL, application # 1,154,785.
Palmer Adkins [all later notices were spelled Atkins], for many years a well known local printer, and at one time employed by The State Journal, died at 3:40 o'clock yesterday afternoon at Springfield Hospital, following a lingering illness. He was 78 years old. Mr. Adkins had been a resident of Springfield for more than forty years. He was a veteran of the Civil war, and was prominent in local Grand Army of the Republic and Odd Fellows' circles.
Mr. Adkins was born on the site of old Fort Stanwix, NY, of Revolutionary fame, August 28, 1842, living in New York state until 14 years old, when he was brought to Chicago by his parents. He received his education in the public schools of New York and Illinois, and at the seminary at Mt. Morris, IL. When 17 years old, he began to learn the printer's trade, entering the employment of The Dixon Telegraph, and remained with The Telegraph until the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted in Company A, Thirteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, the first company organized in Dixon, May 24, 1861, when the unit was mustered into the federal service by Captain John Pope, afterwards commander of the Army of the Potomac.
The first engagement in which the company participated was at Wilson Creek, Mo., when General Lyon was killed. Later, it took part in the battles of Pea Ridge, in which the Thirteenth regiment lost 187 out of 400 men, and in the unsuccessful campaign against Vicksburg; was with General Curtis in Vicksburg, and fought at Champion Hills, in the siege of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge, Ringgold Gap and Madison Station. From the latter place, the regiment was ordered home to be mustered out.
During the greater part of the time he was in service, Mr. Adkins acted as staff printer and special messenger at General Grant's headquarters, taking many of the ciphers dispatched. While at Huntsville, April 19, 1864, Mr. Adkins was detained to take charge of the mail of the Fifteenth Army Corps, commanded by General John A. Logan. Mr. Adkins was mustered out of the service, June 18, 1864, when he returned to his home in Dixon again, taking up the work of his trade. He came to Springfield forty years ago to begin work in a local printing establishment. Later he was employed by The State Journal and The Springfield Register. He was in the service of the latter when his failing eyesight necessitated his retirement from active work about fourteen years ago. Since that time, Mr. Adkins has been almost totally blind, being unable to read or write.
Mr. Adkins was a member of the Odd Fellows for more than forty years, being a past grand master of Springfield Lodge No. 465, at the time of his death. He was also a member of Stephenson Post No. 30, Grand Army of the Republic, and of the congregation of Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are his wife Lydia Harriet Adkins; one son, Louis B. Adkins, Dixon, Ill., and one daughter, Mrs. U. G. Moore, Seattle, Wash. Funeral services will be held at the family residence tomorrow afternoon in charge of Stephenson Post. Services at the grave will be in charge of the Odd Fellows. Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, 3-16-1920
Oak Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Block 10A, 103; GAR Section
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