Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Fred Foss

Fred Foss

Representing: Union
G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA

Unit History

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Fred  Foss
Full Unit History

Organized: 1862 Bangor, ME
Mustered Out: 9/11/65 Washington D.C.

Regimental History

Regimental History:

Originally formed as the 18th Infantry, this three year regiment was, after five months of service, changed to heavy artillery by general order No. 62. The unit was stationed in the defenses of Washington D.C. until February, 1864 when two new companies brought manpower strength up to 1800 and transfer to the Army of The Potomac.

Arriving at Belle Plain landing on 5/15, the 1st came under fire four days later when it took a prominent role in repulsing a heavy enemy attack on supply trains near the Fredericksburg Pike. In this action the regiment suffered severely, losing 468 killed, wounded or missing.

The 1st subsequently participated in the battles of Totopotomy, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Boydton Rod, Weldon Railroad, Hatcher’s Run and all the final movements resulting in the surrender of General R.E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

After taking part in the Grand Review in Washington it appears the unit remained there until final muster. On 9/7 the unit returned to Bangor where, 13 days later the men were paid and sent home.

Soldier History

Residence: Pownal or Weston, ME   Age: 18 yrs
Enlisted/Mustered In: 9/6/64   Rank: Pvt.
Discharged: 6/6 or 6/11/65
Highest Rank: Pvt.

Family History


 The original birth-to-death personal biography on William T. Adams was written during the early years of the Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State project. It was limited in both size and in terms of available resources to draw upon for research purposes. The profile below was written in May, 2018. While it contains much more personal information l than the original, it still suffers from a lack of details that can only be gleaned from documental files available

from the National Archives in Washington, D.C.



  William Thompson Adams was born 5/31/38 in Harrison Co., Ohio.  His parents were George (b. 1814) and Mildred (nee Hitchcock b. 1813) Adams.

As far as is documentally known William was the second of nine Adams children. Older than he was Brother John (b. 1837). Younger than he were Mary W. (b. 1840), Samuel (b. 1842), Thomas G. (b. 1845). Jane M. (b. 1848), Joseph H. (b. 1849), Sarah E. (b. 1851) and Margaret Milly (b. 1855).


In 1850 the Adams family resided in Rush Tuscwaras County, Ohio. A decade later they were in Mitcheltree, Martin County, Indiana. While it is not documented, the Adams family were likely farmers.


On 10/4/61 William married Nancy Jane Baker (b 7/12/43 Martin, IN) in Marion Co. near Indianapolis, IN.  The union would apparently produce eleven children:  George M. (6/21/61 or 62 IN), Thomas (b. 1864 IN), Jacob N. (8/18/66 IL), Sylvester (b.1867), Dorta (b. 1869), Nellie J. (b. 1869),  Margaret B.(b. 11/16/72 or 73), Nicy Anna (1876), Charles James (9/4/79), Arthur Chester (b. 1881) and Howard (9/28/86).


  In 1864 William, by then a 5’ 10” darkly complexioned farmer, was drafted into the U.S. Army for a period of one year.  The only available notation pertaining to his time in the service is that he was always present on (his company’s) rolls and was mustered out with this detachment.


  After leaving the service the Adams family apparently resided in Gridley, McLean County, Illinois for twelve years. Then, they moved on to Nebraska where they resided first in Antelope, Franklin County and then Salem which was also in Franklin County. It was there on 4/30/01 Nancy died.  She was buried in Franklin County’s Upland Cemetery.


  On 11/30/05, in Holdridge, Phelps Co., NB William now aged 65 remarried to the twice wed Eva Tucker (no nee b. 1860 VT).  Around 1909 William and the new Mrs. Adams moved to Snohomish, Snohomish County, WA.  Why they did so is not known.


 It was in Snohomish on 10/4/13 at the age of 75 yrs., 4 mos., and 4 days William died of “senilis”.  At some point he had acquired a government disability pension based on his army service as, at the time of his death he was receiving a $22.50 monthly stipend.  Available paperwork indicates the second Mrs. Adams may not have been successful in petitioning to continue receiving all or a portion of the pension monies.

William Thompson Adams was/is buried in the Grand Army Of The Republic Cemetery, Snohomish, Snohomish County, Washington. The final resting place of Eva is not known.


Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Row: 20
Site: 1

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