Civil War Records of Daniel H. Adams

Daniel Adams in 1924


Co. Regiment / Ship From To Residence/ Credit Occupation Notes
I 35th MVI Private; enl. Aug. 8, 1862; must. Aug. 16, 1862 must. out June 9, 1865 West Newton farmer age 17;  wounded Dec. 13, 1862, Fredricksburg, Va;  and July 30, 1864, Petersburg, Va.; prisoner Sept. 30, 1864, Poplar Spring Church, Va.; exchanged March 12, 1865.
MASSCW, 3:695

Service Record (select pages from the National Archives): x
Service Ledger (Town of Acton):  x


Co. Regiment Date Filed Type App. No. Cert. No. State Beneficiary/Remarks
I 35th MVI Oct. 27, 1890 Invalid 258 934 181 432    
  Widow 1 629 139 A-4-1529 Mass. Eva F. Adams

Pension File (select pages from the National Archives):  17 pages (PDF*)

Grand Army of the Republic

Recorded as member no. 57 in the membership roster of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R., Acton, Massachusetts (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1). 

Fifteen members of Isaac Davis Post No. 138 G.A.R. in front of the Telephone Office Building, West Acton, on May 30, 1924 (photograph, A.M.L. archives 24.1.1)

G.A.R. Personal War Sketch (Acton Memorial Library archives, 92.2.1)


Date November 23, 1928
Place Acton, Mass.
Age 82
Cause heart attack
Obituary Concord Enterprise, Nov. 31, 1928
Burial Mt. Hope Cemetery, Acton, Mass.
Survived by Eva F. Adams

Additional Information

Text from "Not Afraid to Go", exhibit at the Acton Memorial Library:

Born in Waltham in 1846, Daniel Adams enlisted at Weston as a private in the 35th Massachusetts Infantry. He served from August 1862 until July 1865. He was engaged in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Sulphur Spring, Fredericks-burg, Jackson, Knoxville, Spotsylvania, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, Poplar Grove Church, and the siege of Petersburg. Adams was wounded at Fredericksburg and again at Petersburg. At Poplar Grove Church in September 1864, he was taken prisoner and spent five months as a prisoner of war, first at Castle Thunder in Richmond, Virginia, and then at Salisbury, North Carolina. In February 1865, he was in a group of prisoners who were marched forty miles and then put on trains to Wilmington to be exchanged, whereupon they were sent to Camp Parole, Maryland.

In 1875 Adams married Eva Frances Farrar. They moved to Acton in 1908 and Daniel died there in 1928. His widow applied for an increase to her pension from $40 to $50 a month. It was denied because she had not married him until after the war; the higher rate was only for widows who had married the veteran before the end of the War.