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Colonel Sam Adams

Samuel Adams, lawyer and Colonel, Confederate States Army, was born, March 5, 1829 near Abbeville, South Carolina, and died July 21, 1864 at Atlanta, Georgia. No ancestral data is available other than that his maternal grandfather, a Mr. Vann of Abbeville, who at the age of 80 cheered the Abbeville company as it was leaving for the Mexican War in 1847, and who experssed keen regret that he could no enroll for service. Colonel Adams received his early education in the schools of his native county, graduated from the South Carolina College in 1850, and moved to Greenville, Alabama where he served for two years as the principal of the male and female academy. Colonel Adams read law under John K. Henry, and was admitted to the bar in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1852. He first practiced his profession in Conecuh County with a relative, James A. Stallworth, but in 1854, Colonel Adams returned to Greenville, where he formed a law partnership with his brother-in-law, Hilary A. Herbert. Colonel Adams was twice elected to the House of Representatives (1857 and 1859) as a member of the Whig Party.

In 1861, Colonel Adams enlisted in the Army of the Confederate States of America and was elected as a 1st Lieutenant in the 9th Alabama Infantry, which served in the Army of Northern Virginia. In February, 1862, he came home to recruit his company, and while there was chosen to be the colonel of the 33rd Alabama Infantry regiment. Colonel Adams was wounded in the foot at Perryville, Kentucky while commanding a brigade. Colonel Adams led his regiment from the battle of Murfreesboro in 1863 to the Atlanta Campaign of 1864. He was mortally wounded by a Federal sharpshooter at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia, on July 21, 1864. Colonel Adams sustained an unimpeachable record as a brave and trustworthy officer, and at the time of his death had been recommened for promotion by both Generals Cleburne and Hardee.

Samuel Adams was an Episcopalian, and had been married in Greenville, Alabama, to Dora Eliza, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Herbert (nee Young), and sister of Colonel Hilary A. Herbert. Colonel and Mrs. Adams did not have any children.

Thanks to Zane Geier for this information