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Adams, Nelson D.


Age: 30, credited to Burlington, VT
Unit(s): 3rd VT INF, 1st VT BGD Band
Service: enl 6/21/61, m/i 7/16/61, BNDMSTR, 3rd VT INF, m/o 8/9/62; enl 4/11/63, m/i 5/26/63, BNDMSTR, 1st Brigade Band, m/o 6/29/65

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Birth: 04/06/1831, New York
Death: 11/21/1909

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA
Marker/Plot: 03/2131 WS
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Courtesy of Arlington National Cemetery
Findagrave Memorial #: 45704784


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, VHS Collections
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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News has been received of the death of Nelson D. Adams at his home in Washington, D. C., Sunday night. Mr. Adams was for many years a resident of Burlington and was engaged as bandmaster there. He left Burlington for Washington about 30 years ago, and at the time of his death was engaged in the Government Pension office. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Dole, who is now a resident of Burlington.

Mr. Adams was famous in the Civil War as the leader of the famous First Vermont Brigade Band, which was known in the Army of the Potomac as "Nel Adams Band". Whenever distinguished visitors were in camp it was the frequent order of this band to serenade the guests at headquarters, and its inspiring music spurred many weary foot-soldier to quicken his pace and exert extra effort when human endurance seemed at its limit.

Source: Vermont Watchman, December 2, 1909

Nelson D. Adams, Bandmaster, 3d Vermont Volunteers, a regiment organized in St. Johnsbury in 1861, during the administration of Gov. Fairbanks, died at his home 632 Seventeenth Street, N. E., Washington, D. C. of Bright's disease. Before the Civil War, he resided in Burlington. His father, Riley Adams, was a well-known horseman, and owned the famous trotter, "Flying Morgan". He had many old comrades in St. Johnsbury.

Source: The Caledonian, December 8, 1909

Courtesy of Deanna French.

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