Daniel E. Adams enlisted as a Private in Company G of the Reorganized Fourth Michigan Infantry on September 5, 1864, for 3 years service, at age 34. He served until discharged, which occurred on June 17, 1865, at Nashville, Tennessee. Records indicate that he prior service as a soldier in the Mexican War.
Sources: " Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War 1861-1865, vol. 4", also known as the "Brown Book" and personal research from the soldier's Compiled Military Service Records and Pension Application file from the National Archives.
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Article from the Marshall News dated June 12, 1903:
Fought Under Jeff Davis.
Otisvilie, Mich. "Uncle" Daniel E. Adams of this village claims, and is without doubt entitled to, the distinction of being at the same time the youngest and the oldest surviving soldier of the war with Mexico, for although now but 72 years of age, he is the youngest survivor in years, and by his service the oldest of that struggle.
Another distinction claimed for the old gentleman is that he is the oldest soldier in the active practice of law. Mr. Adams not only served in the army during the difficulty with Mexico, but he also participated in the campaigns of the civil war as a member of Company G, Fourth Michigan volunteer Infantry. Major Jefferson Davis, afterward president of the confederacy, was one of his immediate superiors during the Mexican War.
Obit from Marshall Expounder dated April 13, 1906:
Skunk Farmer Dead.
Daniel E. Adams, aged 74, who won notoriety by establishing a skunk farm near Otisville, died at his home there Thursday night. He was a veteran of both the Mexican and Civil Wars and a member of the Genesee County bar or 25 years. He conducted the first photograph gallery established at Lapeer. Several years ago, he began raising skunks in large numbers and marketing their hides.
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