Charles H Adams


BirthJan. 8, 1843
DeathAug. 23, 1940
CemeteryFullerton (Fullerton)
PostLive Eagle (Fullerton)
Unit4th New York H Artillery, Battery B

Principal Musician Charles H Adams

Battery D, 4th New York Heavy Artillery

Adams was born in Nova Scotia, Canada on January 8, 1843. He enlisted as an 18-year old private on November 24, 1861 at Baliston Spa, New York. He re-enlisted on December 12, 1863 and served about 46 months. He was promoted to principal musician on June 7, 1865. Adams was mustered out of the regiment on September 26, 1865.

The 4th New York Heavy Artillery was organized at New York between November 1861 and February 1862. Initially, it was assigned to the defense of Washington DC. It served in that capacity until March 1864 when it was assigned to General Grant’s Overland Campaign. Grant was in need of infantry soldiers and many artillerymen were converted to that assignment. From March 1864 to the end of the War, the 4th New York was engaged in some of the most vicious and costly battles of the War. Some of the battles and military operations were:

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864).

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864). – the unit lost 12 members, 53 were wounded, 5 were captured, and 4 were reported missing.

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864).

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (June 16, 1864 – April 2, 1865). On June 18, 1864 the regiment lost 10 soldiers, 68 were wounded, and 1 was captured.

Battle of Ream’s Station (VA) (August 25, 1864). Losses were 9 killed, 19 wounded, 203 captured, and 88 reported missing on August 25, 1864.

Fall of Petersburg (VA) (April 2, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia (April 9, 1865).

Grand Review of the Troops (Washington DC) (May 23, 1865).

Adams died on August 23, 1940. He is buried in the Fullerton Cemetery in Fullerton (Nance County), Nebraska. Adams was a member of the Live Eagle Post (#147) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Fullerton.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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