Killed in action at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee
(1825-64) Born in Nashville, Tenn., he graduated from West Point in 1846, and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Dragoons. He fought with this regiment during the Mexican War receiving a brevet for gallantry at the battle of Santa Cruz de Rosales. Afterwards he served on frontier duty in Minnesota, California and in the Southwest. Promoted to captain on November 30, 1856. He resigned from the U.S. Army on May 31, 1861, and was at once appointed a captain of cavalry in the Regular Confederate Army and assigned to command at Memphis. He was promoted to colonel in May 1862, and was commissioned brigadier general to rank from December 20th of that same year. Given command of General Lloyd Tilghman's old brigade of Mississippi regiments, he led this brigade under General Joseph E. Johnston during the Vicksburg campaign, and under Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk in Mississippi. Adams later joined the Army of Tennessee at Resaca, Georgia, and fought with great distinction throughout the Atlanta campaign. He accompanied General John Bell Hood to Tennessee, and on November 30, 1864, at the bloody battle of Franklin, was seriously wounded in the right arm. Refusing to leave the field, he led his troops up to the Federal breastworks where he attempted to jump over the works on horseback. General Adams was riddled with Yankee lead and fell dead on the battlefield while at the head of the Rebel assault.
Antique silver print photograph, 2 1/4 x 3 1/8. Chest up view in civilian attire. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find any photographs of.