Meet Corporal James Adams.
I found this photo in the belongings of my 2nd great-grandfather, Rev. Francis Hereford Williams. I have been researching Rev. Williams trying to prove his service in the war between the states in order to get him a headstone. Finding this picture was the first bit of evidence that led me to believe he was in the civil war.
Here is the back of the photo:
Corporal James Adams
Co. D. 1st Rgmt LA Vol
Lost his leg at the battle of Malvern Hill, VA. July 2nd, 1862 Sunday. Thus another brave young man commenced the weary march through life with one limb, having freely given the other for
Courage, Home & Fireside
I did a bit of research on Corp Adams, and found him to be in the Confederate Home in Austin, Texas at the same time as my 2nd great-grandfather, Rev. Williams. I found no evidence that he lost his leg in that battle, there in no mention of it in his muster rolls. That doesn’t mean anything though, as my Rev. Williams suffered a head wound and I have not found any of his muster rolls, nor any that list a Williams with a head wound. They did mention that Corporal Adams had severe eyesight problems, which is verified by this picture if you look at his eyes.
The rooster for the Austin Confederate Home, does list his disability as loss of leg.
I don’t know how he lost his leg, but it’s evident he suffered. I would love to know more about my 2nd great-grandfather’s friend. It’s evident he thought highly of him!