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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1846

Vol. II

(Born Ten.)

John Adams

(Ap'd Ten.)


Born Jul. 1, 1825, Nashville, TN.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1841, to July 1, 1846, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, July 1, 1846.

Second Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Dec. 6, 1846.

Served: in the War with Mexico, 1846‑48, being engaged in the Assault of Santa Cruz de Rosales, Chihuahua, Mar. 16, 1848; on frontier

(Bvt. First Lieut., Mar. 16, 1848,
for Gallant and Meritorious Conduct in the Battle of Santa Cruz de Rosales, Mex.)

duty at Santa Fé, N. M., 1848, — and Taos, N. M., 1848‑49; on Expedition against Utah Indians, 1849‑50, being engaged in a Skirmish at El Cerro de la Olla, N. M., Mar. 13, 1849; on Expedition against Apache Indians, being engaged in a Skirmish at Tucuncurre Butte, Red River, N. M., Nov. 17, 1849, — and Surprise of 150 of their Lodges near the source of the Costilla River, N. M., July 27, 1850; on frontier duty at Rayado, N. M., 1850, — Las Vegas, N. M., 1850‑51, — Ft. Snelling,

(First Lieut., 1st Dragoons, Oct. 9, 1851)

Min., 1852, — as Aide-de‑Camp, with the rank of Lieut.‑Colonel, to the Governor of Minnesota, 1853, — Ft. Snelling, Min., 1853‑54, — Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., 1854, — Ft. Craig, N. M., 1854‑55, — Santa Fé, N. M., 1855, — Ft. Massachusetts, Col., 1855, — Scouting, 1855, against Utah Indians, with Skirmishes near Ft. Massachusetts, Col., Mar. 19, and Apr. 29, 1855, Ft. Union, N. M., 1855, — and Ft. Craig, N. M., 1855;

(Captain, 1st Dragoons, Nov. 30, 1856)

on Recruiting service, 1856‑58; and on frontier duty at Ft. Crook, Cal., 1859‑61.

Resigned, May 31, 1861.

Joined in the Rebellion of 1861‑66 against the United States,​a and was

Killed, Nov. 30, 1864, at the Battle of Franklin, Ten.: Aged 39.

Buried, Maplewood Cemetery, Pulaski, TN.

Thayer's Note:

a As with other Confederate officers, Cullum's Register omits his war record: he was appointed Brigadier-General on Dec. 29, 1862, and at the time of his death was commanding a brigade of Loring's Division, Stewart's Corps, Army of Tennessee. He and his horse died in a spectacular charge on the position of the 65th Illinois Regiment; the page at Find-a‑Grave, linked above, and the marker there with the 'Bonnie Blue Flag', tell his story in more detail.

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