Charles R Adams

Researcher: Nick Antonopoulos

            Charles R. Adams was a man from Massachusetts and the son of Peter. He was

first enlisted into the Civil War in June 1862. He was assigned to fight

with the 41st Massachusetts infantry. Later on during the war he was

promoted to the 3rd Massachusetts calvary. He fought under Gen. Sheridan and

fought in the battle of Berryville where he ended up dying in September 19,

1864. Charles must have been skilled at riding horses or he would not have

been asked to be apart of the 3rd cavalry. He is just one of the few

ordinary men from Massachusetts who gave their lives during the Civil War.


            The Battle of Berryville was fought in Berryville, Virginia. The two forces

involved were the Union under Maj.Gen. Philip Sheridan and Lt. Gen.Jubal

Early of the Confederates. The battle was fought during September 3-4, 1864.

This was not a very important battle because neither side won the battle it

was inconclusive. This is the battle in which Adams was killed and he was

one of the only few groups to attack because he was in the cavalry. Adams

was one of the five hundred men to die during this battle. Gen. Early tried

attacking Sheridan’s position but soon realized that they were entrenched

and could not do any further damage so he and his forces withdrew back to

Opequon Creek. Since Adams died in September 19 of that year he must have

been wounded during this battle and died a few weeks later.


            Although there is scarce information about Charles R. Adams family life it

is assumed he lived in Massachusetts because he served under that regiment.

Also, because Adams was in the 3rd Cavalry it is also assumed that he may

have been a farmer because he was trained and skilled in horse back riding.

The only known relative for Charles is his father Peter. Therefore, that is

the limited information about Charles R. Adams and his life and time during

the Civil War.