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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 Antietam

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

On the Campaign

He commanded the regiment on the Campaign.

The rest of the War

Adams was 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 & 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.


03/07/1820; Caroline, NY


01/20/1887; burial in 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, <>, Source page: /ba/ba1.htm  [AotW citation 723]