Henry S. Adams, Civil War Soldier


Henry S. Adams.

Born in Lowell, Mass.___Son of Sylvanus Adams,___by occupation a Clerk,___Unmarried,___at the age of 21 enlisted for three years in the 10th. Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols._Company F. Mustered into service June 21st., 1861.
At Camp Brightwood in December, 1861, he served on special duty as clerk for a Court Martial___January 2nd 1862, was appointed clerk at Gen. Couch's headquarters, which position he filled during the remainder of his connection with the 10th., being thereby relieved from the ordinary duties. He was with Gen. McClellan's army during the campaign on the Peninsula.
In August, 1862, Adams was discharged from the Tenth regiment, and commissioned Adjutant of the 41st. Regiment of Infantry, Mass. Vols. on the 8th. of September. The regiment was enlisted for three years, and camped at Boxford, Mass.___November 5th. 1862 left Massachusetts under orders to report to Gen. Banks in New York. Arriving there, the regiment was quartered at Park Barracks; afterwards sent to camp on the Union Race Course, Long Island.___Sailed from New York December 4th. and reached New Orleans on the 14th., and disembarked at Baton Rouge.
March 9th. 1863, the regiment made an expedition of a few days to the Comite River, for the destruction of bridges.___After their return Adams was appointed A.A. Adj. Gen. by Col. Chickering, then in command of the post in the absence of the main army at the attack on Port Hudson.
Later in March, regiment participated in the expedition under Gen. Banks into the Teche district, La. towards Texas, passing through Bayou Boeuf, Brashear City;_at Opelousas May 3rd. acting Asst. Pro. Marshal, and Ass't. Adj. General.___May 13th., with regiment, at Barre's Landing, Bayou Courtableau, Atchafalaya River, superintending the shipment of cotton. The 41st. at that date had been converted by official order into cavalry, and called the Third Mass. Cavalry.
When, in June, Gen. Banks called for a thousand volunteers to constitute a storming party for a final assault on Port Hudson, Adj. Adams offered himself and was accepted. But the early capitulation of the rebel stronghold rendered the attack unnecessary. July 9th. Port Hudson was occupied by Gen. Banks' forces___Col. Chickering was ordered to assume the duties of Provost Marshal, and Adams was detailed as his Assistant, both being occupied in paroling the prisoners. Was relieved from duty as Asst. Provost Marshal by his own request and returned to his Reg. August 1863. Thereafter till Nov. 13, 1863, engaged with Reg. in his official duties, the Command being employed for outpost, scout and escort duty at Ft. Hudson. Nov. 13, 1863, was honorably discharged for disability contracted in the {unreadable}. Arrived in Chicopee 1st. Dec'r 1863. Participated in the siege of Pt. Hudson.


ca. 1861-1865


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