Pvt. Tinsley R. Adams - Co. F

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Adams, Tinsley R. - (Tinsley Rucker Adams) Pvt. 3/5/1863. Captured near Petersburg, Va. 3/25/1865. Released at Point Lookout, Md. 6/23/1865. (Resident of Ga. since 1845.)

Tinsley Rucker Adams was born Feb. 25, 1845 in Elbert County Georgia. He was the son of John Madison Adams (1812-1880) and Agnes Mality Hulme Adams (1814-1875). In 1860, Tinsley was living at home with his parents in Elbert Co., along with his ten siblings. His father was a farmer of moderate means, owning real estate valued at $2,500 and personal property valued at $3,000.

First, Tinsley's older brother Lawrence M. Adams enlisted in Co. F of the 38th Georgia Regiment on October 15th, 1861. Tinsley also had several cousins that served in Company F, including James Jordan Adams and his brothers. Lawrence was a good soldier, and for his efforts he was promoted to 4th Corporal during Feb. 1863. Tinsley enlisted and joined Lawrence in Company F on March 5th, 1863. For some unknown reason, Lawrence was sent home during the later part of 1863, it may have been he suffered from sickness, or he may have been wounded at Gettysburg. Whatever the case, Tinsley's brother, Lawrence Adams, died at his home in Elberton, Georgia, on November 5th, 1863.

Tinsley soldiered on and found himself in the heat of battle on March 25th, 1865, during the Confederate attack on Fort Steadman, at Petersburg, Virginia. He was captured and imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland. He was released on June 23rd, 1865 and made his way home to Elbert County.

Tinsely Adams married Frances L. Adams (1851-1933) in Elbert Co., on November 16th 1869. In 1870, he was working as a farm laborer on his father's farm. In 1880 he lists his occupation as "carpenter." In 1900 he lists occupation as farmer. Tinsley and Frances had at least seven children:

Emma E Adams
1871 –

Mary E Adams
1873 –

William M Adams
1875 –

James A Adams
1877 –

Eugenia Adams
1879 –

Thomas G Adams
1881 –

Beulah Adams
1886 –

At some point after the war, Tinsley became a reverend of the gospel. It's unknown if he served an established church and the details of his service to the Lord are sketchy at best. Tinsley filed a CSA pension application on August 13th, 1919, but died the next month on Sept. 22, 1919, in Elbert County. He and his wife are buried at Elmhurst Cemetery, Elbert County Georgia.

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