CDR George Adams

Death 19 Apr 1856
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Uknown
Memorial ID 84291771 · View Source
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Officers of the Continental and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, 1775-1900 about George Adams
Name: George Adams
Rank Information: Midshipman, Lieutenant, Commander, Reserved List
Service Dates: 1 Jan 1818, 3 Mar 1827, 6 Apr 1849
Military Branch: US Navy Officers (1798-1900)
Death Date: 19 Apr 1856

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Our example of a search for information on an officer concerns one George Adams, who was supposed to have served sometime between 1820 and 1840. Since it was probably that there were a few officers by that name who served during that period, it was necessary to check Hamersly's General Register. Fortunately, there were only three George Adams, and only one of them served during the correct time frame, in this case 1818 - 1855. The Hamersly General Register revealed that our George Adams became a midshipman in January of 1818, then he became a lieutenant on March 3, 1827. His next promotion was on April 6, 1849, when he became a commander. On September 13, 1855, he was retired to the Reserve List. Shortly thereafter, on April 19, 1856, he died.

The next step was to look at microfilm publication M330. M330 would have general information on George Adams's career and what ships he served aboard. In Adams's case, we found two references. Roll 5, entry 583, of M330 revealed that he served on board the ships Concord and Fairfield on the Mediterranean station for much of the 1830s. Adams later returned to Norfolk naval yard in 1840. On roll 6, entry 318, it became clear why George Adams returned to Norfolk. Lieutenant Adams was on board the ship Brandywine at the Norfolk naval base for trial. He was found guilty of the charges levied against him and suspended for two years. Since M330 indicated that George Adams continued in the service despite his suspension, it was reasonable to look for a pension record.

Fortunately George Adams's indiscretions did not keep his widow, Adelaide Adams, from drawing a pension based on her husband's service. On roll 1 of T316, we found a reference to a pension application dated June 4, 1858. Apparently, George Adams was Adelaide's only means of support, and his death left her "impoverished." Her pension application provided proof of her husband's service in the form of letters from George Adams's commanding officers, and her marriage certificate and accompanying letters proved that she was married to George Adams and that she had not remarried. Her pension was granted.

Information on Ships He served on Below:

USS Concord was a wooden-hulled, three-masted Sloop-of-war of the United States Navy and was launched on 24 September 1828 from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. She was the first US Navy vessel to bear the name 'Concord' and was so named after the town of Concord for its role at the beginning of the American Revolution. When empty, the vessel displaced a total of 700 tons. The Concord had a complement of 190 officers and seamen with an armament of 20 guns and saw service protecting American merchant ships and other interests in several places around the world. The ship and her crew, who also functioned as Marines, fought in the Seminole Wars in Florida. Concord ran aground while on a patrolling mission along the African coast. Despite determined efforts from the crew, with three losing their lives in the process, the Concord was unable to be refloated.

The first USS Fairfield was a sloop-of-war in the United States Navy. Fairfield was launched 28 June 1828 by New York Navy Yard; and first put to sea 20 August 1828, Commander Foxhall A. Parker in command.

Reaching Port Mahon in the Balearic Islands 25 September 1828, Fairfield cruised the Mediterranean Sea until returning to Hampton Roads 5 May 1831. Among her crewmembers was midshipman George W. Taylor, later an infantry general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Her second cruise, from 15 November 1831 to 23 July 1832, was in the West Indies as flagship for Commodore Jesse Elliott. During much of this time she patrolled off the coast of Mexico to protect Americans and their property during political disturbances.

On 30 May 1833 Fairfield sailed from New York for duty in the Pacific Squadron, arriving at Valparaiso, Chile, 25 September. During this cruise, she supervised the disarmament and dismantling of a group of ships belonging to an Ecuadorian revolutionary force after American mediation had ended a civil war. Fairfield sailed for Norfolk, Virginia 26 September 1835, arriving in Hampton Roads 1 December. She lay in ordinary at Norfolk until 25 April 1837, when she departed for the Brazil Station, the first 4 months of which her commanding officer (Commodore Isaac Mayo) was senior officer of the squadron. As a protector for American commerce and interests, she guarded against a blockade of Argentina set by French warships.

Returning to New York 1 April 1840, Fairfield was again in ordinary until 10 May 1841, when she was recommissioned. She sailed to Hampton Roads, from which she took departure 28 July for the Mediterranean, carrying Commodore Charles W. Morgan to take command of the squadron based on Port Mahon. She served as his flagship from April to July 1842 while he conducted negotiations with the Emperor of Morocco to obtain redress for the arrest and detention of the United States Consul at Tangier.

Fairfield returned to Hampton Roads from this, her last cruise, 17 January 1845, and on 3 February 1845 was decommissioned at Norfolk. Later that year she served briefly as receiving ship, then lay at Norfolk until 1852, when she was broken up.

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