Captain "Jack" Adams
For thirty-four years I have waited patiently for some one to write a history of the 19th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, but fearing that it may never be accomplished, I have concluded to send out this story. I do not dignify it by calling it a history. It is simply a soldier's story, told by one of the "boys." Most of it is written from memory. The account of prison life is taken from an imperfect diary, kept by the writer while a prisoner of war.
I sincerely hope the publication of this volume will inspire other comrades, and that from the memories thus evoked some one may gather further material whereby the deeds of the men who so bravely followed the flags of the State and Nation for four long, weary years may be preserved.
JOHN G. B. ADAMS
THE CALL TO ARMS
OUR JOURNEY SOUTH
BATTLES OF BALL'S BLUFF AND EDWARD'S FERRY. - EXPERIENCES AT DARNESTOWN AND ROCKVILLE
OUR FIRST CAMPAIGN. - BATTLE OF FAIR OAKS
BATTLES AT PEACH ORCHARD, GLENDALE AND MALVERN HILL
BATTLES OF FAIRFAX COURT HOUSE, FLINT HILL AND ANTIETAM
BATTLES OF FREDERICKSBURG AND MARYE'S HEIGHTS
BATTLES OF CHANCELLORSVILLE, THOROUGHFARE GAP AND GETTYSBURG. - WOUNDED AT GETTYSBURG AND ORDERED HOME
REGIMENT ORDERED HOME. - RECEPTIONS. - MY FIRST CALL UPON GOVERNOR ANDREW. - RETURN TO THE FRONT
BATTLES OF THE WILDERNESS, TODD'S TAVERN AND LAUREL HILL. - ENGAGEMENT AT THE BLOODY ANGLE
BATTLES AT TOTOPOTOMOY CREEK AND COLD HARBOR
EXPERIENCES IN REBEL PRISONS, - LIBBY, MACON
MACON (CONTINUED), CHARLESTON. - UNDER FIRE OF OUR BATTERIES ON MORRIS ISLAND
COLUMBIA. - PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
THE CAPTURE AND RETURN TO COLUMBIA
THE EXCHANGE AND RETURN NORTH
STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, MASS.,
September 25, 1899.
Under the above title, I have published a volume giving a brief account of the services of the 19th Mass. regiment in the Civil War, as well as my nine months' experience in rebel prisons. It is a book of some two hundred pages, bound in cloth. While it is not intended to be a history of the regiment, as nothing of the kind has ever been written, I trust it will be acceptable to my old comrades of the 19th and others interested in the Civil War. The publication is limited, and if you desire a copy early application should be made. The price is one dollar ($1.00), with ten cents additional for postage if sent by mail.
JOHN G. B. ADAMS
This document has been transcribed from a copy of Capt. Adams' book held in the National Library of Australia. All of the original spelling has been retained - which means that he really did spell the word "centre" that way.
The advertisement directly above is a note which is pasted in the front of the National Library's copy, and on the back of the note is a handwritten request to someone to send a "cheque" for $1 to purchase a copy.
The idea for this project came after I had copied the chapter relating to Gettysburg and put it on the site of the Gettysburg Discussion Group. A couple of people wrote to me and suggested that I do the whole book. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and I'm glad I did. It is difficult to locate copies of this book, and in this way, Capt. Adams' story will reach a wider audience.
I have tried to copy the text accurately, but if anyone sees any errors, please let me know at: firstname.lastname@example.org