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C.P. Adams

C.P. Adams

Federal (USV)


Charles Powell Adams

(1831 - 1893)

Home State: Minnesota

Education: Ohio Medical College, Class of 1851

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 1st Minnesota Infantry

Before Antietam

He lived in Ohio and Indiana before moving to Hastings, MN in 1854 to establish a medical practice. He also began publishing a newspaper there in 1859. He was commissioned Captain, Company H, First Minnesota Infantry on 30 May 1861 in Hastings. He was wounded in action at First Bull Run on 21 July 1861 and appointed Major of the regiment on 22 October 1861. He was wounded again, at Malvern Hill, VA on 30 June 1862.

On the Campaign

He was slightly wounded, his shoulder grazed by a bullet, in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on 26 September 1862 and was hit yet again, wounded in three places - through the left lung, left groin, and left thigh - at Gettysburg, PA on 2 July 1863 and left on the field, expected to die. He was treated at a Gettysburg hospital and furloughed home in September 1863, though a bullet in his left thigh was never removed. He was in a Washington, DC hospital in November and returned to duty on 12 December 1863, though not fully recovered. He mustered out with his regiment on 4 May 1864.

On 15 July he was commissioned Major of Hatch's Battalion of Minnesota Cavalry and their Lieutenant Colonel on 5 September 1864. He was honored by brevet to Brigadier General of Volunteers on 15 March 1865 and mustered out of the service on 22 June 1866.

After the War

He returned to Hastings, MN and was Mayor there in 1872. He served in the State Senate 1879-81. He died of cancer of the stomach at age 62.

References & notes

Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars.1 Details from Barden & Jorgenson.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of his picture from one posted by Rocky Higginbotham, probably from a photograph at the Minnesota Historical Society.


03/03/1831; Rainsburg, PA


11/02/1893; Vermillion, MD; burial in Lakeside Cemetery, Hastings, MN


2   Barden, Chuck, and Wayne D. Jorgenson, The First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment , Published 2000, first accessed 01 January 2002, <>, Source page: /#/soldier/497  [AotW citation 20260]

49   State of Minnesota, Board of Commissioners, Minnesota in the Civil War and Indian Wars 1861-1865, 2 volumes, St. Paul: Pioneer Press Company, 1890-93, Vol. 1, pp. 49, 61  [AotW citation 20259]