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 James Erwin Adams

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James Erwin Adams

  • Birth 15 Aug 1839 Ashford, Windham County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 24 May 1919 Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
  • Plot Sec 23 Lot 2456
  • Memorial ID 49617499

Son of John Breed and Adeline (Preston) Adams.

On 12 Jul 1861 James, a shoemaker, mustered into service with the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was 21 years, 10 months and 27 days old.

On 21 Oct 1861 James Erwin Adams was wounded at The Battle of Ball's Bluff, Leesburg, Virginia.

On 8 Mar 1862 James mustered out of the 15th Massachusetts due to disability from wounds received in action.

Later in 11 Jul 1864, James also served in the 56th New York Infantry, Co. I as a Captain, ending his service with the 56th New York Infantry on 6 Nov 1864 at New York.

In 1870 James was included in "The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion," published by the U. S. Government as follows:
"Adams, J. E., Corporal, Co. F, 15th Massachusetts Volunteers, received, at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, Virginia, October 21st, 1861, a gunshot wound of the scalp, with contusion of the right parietal bone. A report of a medical examining board, dated February 20th, 1862, states that there is atrophy of the left arm, with partial paralysis of the sensory nerves and diminution of the temperature...."

About 1872, James married Hannah W. Williams, and they had two daughters.

He was a member of Grant Post #327 of the G.A.R. He was enumerated in the 1890 US Federal census, Veteran's Schedule in Jun 1890 as having served in Co. F, 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, noting that he received a shot to the head causing partial paralysis in his left arm.

James and Hannah were enumerated in the 1910 US Federal Census on 21 Apr 1910 at Brooklyn, Kings County, New York, where he is a salesman. Daughter Florence lives with them, and daughter Marion is apparently deceased.

James Erwin Adams died on 24 May 1919 at Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. He was 79 years, 9 months and 9 days old.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 49617499
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for James Erwin Adams (15 Aug 1839–24 May 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49617499, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by DaurRegt (contributor 47891223) .