Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - James Adams

James Adams

Representing: Union

G.A.R Post

  • John F Miller Post #31 Seattle, King Co. WA

Unit History

  • 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry H

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James Adams
Full Unit History

Organized: Fall/Winter, 1861 Camp Barstow Janesville, WI
Mustered In: Various dates between 11/30/61 & 1/31/62 Camp Barstow Janesville, WI
Mustered Out: 9/29 - 10/26/65 Ft. Leavenworth, KS

Regimental History

The 3rd, a three year western theater regiment, was organized during the late fall and early winter of 1861 at Camp Barstow, Janesville, WI. Camp Barstow was named for one of the colonel of the regiment William A. Barstow. 

Leaving the state on 3/26/62 the unit proceeded to St. Louis, MO. En-route, near Chicago, IL; a railway accident killed 12 and wounded 28.

From St. Louis the regiment elements of the 3rd were sent to Ft. Leavenworth, KS while others were assigned to Ft. Scott, KS. From that point until the end of The War the regiment was seldom, if ever, together as a cohesive unit. Instead, various company configurations fought battles, chased guerillas/bushwackers, guarded trains, performed picket duties and participated in foraging scouting expeditions throughout Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Arkansas. 

In January, 1864 three-fourths of the regiment re-enlisted as veteran volunteers. The regiment was mustered into history in September and October, 1865.



Officers Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 36; Officers Died Of Disease, Accidents, Etc.; Enlisted Men Killed Or Mortally Wounded: 61; Enlisted Men Died Of Disease, Accidents, And Etc.147: 

Soldier History


Residence:  Madison, WI   Age:
Enlisted/Enrolled: 2/20/64   Rank: Pvt.
Mustered In: 2/20/64
Mustered Out: 5/19/65
Highest Rank: Pvt.
Rank At Discharge: Pvt.

Family History


NOTE: Information pertaining to the life of James Adams is, at its best sketchy and, at its worst questionable. With a common name like his and without access to veteran-related military service, pension and other documents housed in the National Archives located In Washington, almost impossible to validate U.S. Census and other available data as to its ties or lack thereof to the Civil War veteran. 


James Adams was born in New York during 1835. No birth month or specific date has been located in available documentation.

No information has been found that identifies James' parents. The same holds true for possible brothers and sisters.

James was apparently married. The name of his wife is not known.

According to James' will, he fathered three sons: Gerard/Girard B. (b. 6/22/59), Horace E. (b. unk.) and Jessie A. (b. unk.) Census data has been found on two individuals with those names, but they may not be the offspring of our James. Gerard/Girard Bartlett claimed his father was born in England, not New York.  Jessie Adams had a middle initial of E. rather than A. Nothing has been found on Horace.

Private Adams served in the military for a little over one year. He survived The War and returned to civilian life.

On 8/6/77 James applied for a U.S. Government disability pension based ailments or other conditions which he traced back to his days of Civil War soldiering. His application was #249,181.

In a census conducted in 1889 when Washington Territory became a state, a James Adams was noted in Port Gamble, Kitsap Co., WA. Perhaps he was employed in there in the lumber mill. While it was noted that James was married, there is no mention of a wife residing under his roof. Separated?

James Adams died on 3/14/13 in Cle Elum Kittitas Co., WA. His connection to Cle Elm is not known. Earlier, he had likely resided longer in Seattle King Co., WA as his funeral service was held in Seattle on Capitol Hill "in the new Parlors of Bonny - Watson Co. Broadway and Olive St. opposite Broadway High School... under the auspices of the John F. Miller Post (Grand Army Of The Republic) G.A.R." of which he was a member.  James was/is buried near there in that city's G.A.R. Cemetery.


Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Seattle

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