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A.W. Adams
A.W. Adams

Federal (USV)


Alonzo Whitney Adams

(1820 - 1887)
Home State: New York
Command Billet: Commanding Regiment
Branch of Service: Cavalry
Unit: 1st New York Cavalry


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Adams was mustered into the First New York Cavalry as Major--as the unit was organized at New York City--13 September 1861.1

The remainder of the War:
Adams was full Colonel and in command of the Regiment as they mustered out of service 27 June 1865.2

After the War:
He visited Mexico in 1870 and '72 from his home in New York City as lawyer representing the La Abra Silver Mining Company there.3

References, Sources, and other notes:
The photograph above is part of one from Uriguen.4

More on the Web:
There's a tantalizing reference to a bigamy case against one Alonzo W Adams in the 5 August 1856 edition of the New York Times (pdf). Genealogical records show (a) wife was Catherine Ann van Buren Post.

He's buried in Lagrange, Ohio.

Birth Date: 03/07/1820    Place of Birth: Caroline, NY    
Death Date: 01/20/1887    Burial Place: Lagrange Cemetery, Lagrange, OH


1   Morgan, Edwin D., Annual report of the Adjutant General of the state of New York (1862), Albany: C. Van Benthuysen, printer, 1862, pg. 649  [AotW citation 721]

2   Phisterer, Frederick, New York in the War of the Rebellion, 6 volumes, Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1909-12  [AotW citation 722]

3   Deposition before Edward C. Ingersoll, United States Commissioner, investigating "claims of citizens of the United States against foreign governments", 3 November 1874, Washington, DC.
Compilation of Reports of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations 1789-1901, Vol. 2, pp. 483-44; Washington DC: US Govt Printing Office, 1901. This volume is online from GoogleBooks.  [AotW citation 724]

4   Uriguen, Mikel, Photo Gallery (Generals and Brevet Generals), Generals of the Civil War, Published c. 1998, first accessed 01 January 1998, <http://www.generalsandbrevets.com/>, Source page: /ba/ba1.htm  [AotW citation 723]

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