Harvey S. Adams

Landsman, USS Kittatinny

Harvey S. Adams was born c1843 in Lowell, Massachusetts and enlisted in Boston as a 1st Class Boy on 4 May 1861 for a three year term with his enlistment credited to the Plymouth quota.[1] Per his rendezvous index card and "Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War", Adams served aboard the USS Ohio, USS South Carolina, USS North Carolina and was attached to his final command, the USS Kittatinny on 13 June 1863. [2], [3] At some point during those years, Adams was promoted from 1st Class Boy to Landsman.

On 22 October 1863, while the Kittatinny was cruising off the coast of Texas on blockade duty, Adams fell overboard and was lost. The letters home of his shipmate, Surgeon's Steward George Drake, details the events surrounding his death.

Adams was 21 years old and had been in the Navy for nearly two and a half years.


Lost at sea off the coast of Texas



Awards and Memorials



[1] Return of the United States Naval Rendezvous, Boston, MA for the week ending May 7, 1861

[2] NARA T1099. An index to rendezvous reports during the Civil War, 1861-1865.

[3] Agnew, John H. Massachusetts soldiers, sailors, and marines in the civil war. Norwood Press, Norword, MA (1933)