|This rather stern looking young man is identified on the reverse of the card as Cyrus Adams. In fact the short c. 1885
inscription gives a fair amount of information stating that Adams had enlisted in Company B of the 72nd Regiment of
New York Volunteers and was killed in action at Williamsburg, Virginia on May 5th, 1862.
Research confirms this information to be correct with additional information showing that Adams enlisted at
Jamestown, New York on 28 May, 1861 at the age of 24.
Cyrus Adams was born at Fetonville, New York on 19 August, 1836 the son of Jacob Adams and Nancy Forbush. At the
time of his enlistment Cyrus Adams and his family were residents of town of Carroll in Chautauqua County, New York.
His father Jacob was listed as a farmer but Cyrus seems to have come from a fairly well off family as the 1860 Census
shows the family estate being worth some $6000.00.
Cyrus was interred at the Fetonville Cemetery after his death. His rather imposing monument is evidence of his
family's apparent affluence (see below).
This cabinet photograph is typical of original Civil War vintage images that were rephotographed during the later
1800's. In this case the original looks to have been a carte de visite.
Fenton & Andruss - Photographer/Copiest
No. 4 Forset Ave, Jamestown, New York, U.S.A.
(Copied from a c. 1861 original)
|Right: A recent Memorial Day photograph of
Cyrus Adams monument at Fentonville Cemetery.
Although weathered by the passing years the
decoratively carved American flag and lengthy
inscription reflect the relative wealth of this fallen