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Federal (USV)


William L. Adams

(? - 1862)

Home State: Massachusetts

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 15th Massachusetts Infantry

Before Antietam

He gave is age as 21, and occupation as seaman from West Brookfield when he enlisted as Corporal in Company F of the 15th Massachusetts Infantry on 12 July 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He died at Smoketown, MD near the battlefield and was originally buried there. Reinterred later in the National Cemetery.

References & notes

Basic information from the Antietam Cemetery History1, which has his middle initial as S. Service details from Soldiers2.


10/10/1862 Smoketown, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD


1   Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869  [AotW citation 3149]

2   Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Adjutant General, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War, 8 Vols, Norwood (MA): Norwood Press, 1931-35, Vol. 2, pg. 169  [AotW citation 5762]