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Federal (USV)


Adoniram Judson Underwood

(1832 - 1885)

Home State: Minnesota

Branch of Service: Sharpshooters

Unit: Minnesota Sharpshooters, Second Company

Before Antietam

Born in New York, he went to Trumbell County, OH as a child, and to near St. Paul, MN in 1854. He was a newspaper printer at the St. Paul Pioneer and also at the St. Anthony Express before the war. On 29 April 1861 he enlisted in Company E, First Minnesota Infantry for 90 days but was mustered out in May. He then enlisted as Sergeant, 2nd Company, Minnesota Sharpshooters on 16 December 1861 in St. Anthony, MN.

On the Campaign

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

The rest of the War

He was treated at hospitals in Chambersburg and then Harrisburg, PA, where he was discharged for disability on 1 November 1862.

After the War

He farmed at Medina, MN and was a State legislator 1871-72. He established a newspaper in Detroit Falls, MN then went to Fergus Falls in 1873 and started the Journal there.

References & notes

Service from Minnesota in the Civil and Indian Wars.1 Personal information from Chuck Barden and Wayne Jorgenson on their First Minnesota site. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

The town of Underwood (originally Turtle Lake) near Fergus Falls was named in his honor. He married Nancy Ann Folsom (1837-1925) in 1857 and they had at least 7 children together.


05/26/1832; Clymer, NY


12/22/1885; Fergus Falls, MN; burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fergus Falls, MN


1   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, pg. 518  [AotW citation 21311]