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Samuel Adams Papers, 1862-1933 (bulk 1862-1865)

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Author:
Adams, Samuel
Donor:
Hollingsworth, Robert K
Subject:
Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865
Physical description:
.15 cu. ft. : 1 box
Type:
Medical notes
Collection descriptions
Compact discs
Letters (correspondence)
Place:
United States
Fredericksburg (Va.)
Gettysburg (Pa.)
Antietam (Md.)
Date:
1862
1862-1865
1862-1933 bulk 1862-1865
1860-1870
Notes:
Samuel Adams was born in Maine around 1839, and was a surgeon for the Union Army during the United States Civil War. Adams enlisted on April 16, 1862 as an assistant surgeon, and was commissioned into the U.S. Army Medical Staff as part of the regular Army. Adams received two promotions by brevet during the war; to Captain and then to Major. He was present during the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, and died of yellow fever on September 9,1867 in Galveston, Texas.
Summary:
The Samuel Adams Papers document a surgeon's perspective of several major battles and events occurring during the United States Civil War. The records consist primarily of correspondence between Adams and his family written by Adams between 1862 and 1865, and contain descriptions of the battles such as Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, and Antietam. Adams also describes his reaction to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Also included within these records are medical papers written by Adams relating to topics such as alcoholism and typho-malarial fever, a military pass, envelopes with stamps, and a list of maxims authored by Adams's body servant, William. Additionally, there is genealogical information connecting Samuel Adams to the collection donor, Robert K. Hollingsworth, transcriptions of all handwritten documentation, and a copy of Grandfather to Grandson, a collection of letters written by the donor's great-grandfather during the Great Depression.
Cite as:
Samuel Adams Papers, 1862-1933, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Surgeons
Civil War
Fredericksburg, Battle of, Fredericksburg, Va.,1862
Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863
Medicine
Assassinations
Antietam, Battle of, Md.,1862
Medicine and war
War and medicine
Local number:
2013.3072 (NMAH Acc.)
Restrictions:
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH
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