Adam Campbell was born in Knox, Albany County, NY on August 2, 1842 to William Campbell (B. Aug 17, 1804, D. Oct 11, 1855) and his wife Elizabeth Werner (B. Feb 12, 1803, D. July 10, 1857). The exact day of his birth is in debate as it has been given both as August 3rd and the 30th. His parents both died before Adam was 14 years of age. He had a older brother Eugene Campbell, who was born 1840 in Rensselaerville.
At the time of his enlistment in the Civil War, Adam was working as a laborer.
Adam grew up as one of the youngest children in a large family in Knox where his father William was a farmer. His father William died first in 1855 when Adam was only 13 and his mother died two years later.
|Date of Birth:||3 August 1842 |
|Place of Birth:||Knox |
|Names of Parents:||William (Campbell) and Elizabeth Werner |
|Enlistment Date:||11 Aug 1862|
|Enlistment Place:||Knox, NY|
|Term of Enlistment:||3 years|
|State Served:||New York|
|Regiment:||7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery|
|Promotion Date:||30 Jun 1864|
|Captured on:||25 Aug 1864|
|Captured at:||Reams Station, VA|
|Imprisoned at:||Salisbury, NC|
|Died on:||7 Feb 1865|
|Died at:||Salisbury, NC|
|Additional Remarks: Enlisted at the age of 19. Name also written as Campell. His older brother Eugene Campbell also served in Co K of the 7th HA Regt and he survived the war.|
|Sources Used: Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of New York for the year 1898; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War|
Adam Campbell died on February 7, 1865 while imprisoned at Salisbury, NC.
Additional Research Notes
Adam Campbell has not been found in the 1860 census. However Eugene Campbell was recorded in the 1860 Census in Rensselaerville, PO Preston Hollow as follows:
- Alex Campbell 55 farmer $3900, $1000, B. NY
- Caroline 27
- Delia 47
- Eugene 20
- William Spaulding 56 farm laborer
Given this information and the fact that Eugene was not recorded with Adam's family in Knox in 1850, there is some question if these two men were brothers.
ADAM CAMPBELL, son of William and Elizabeth Campbell, was born in the town of Knox, August 30, 1842.
His parents died before he was fourteen years of age. He was a dutiful son, and was always an affectionate brother. He was not a professor of religion, but was a thorough patriot, and felt that the rebellion was a wicked and unholy one, and that it was his duty to assist in crushing it.
He enlisted August 12, 1862, in Company K, One Hundred and Thirteenth N. Y. Volunteer Infantry. He was in all the engagements with his regiment until August 25, 1864. At the battle of Ream’s Station he was taken prisoner. He was a brave and efficient soldier, cheerful and ever ready to do his duty. As a prisoner he bore his misfortunes with great fortitude. He was confined at Salisbury, N. C.,. at which place he died January 5, 1865, and was there buried. The history of the confinement and death of our brave men in the prison pens, is well known. His, was the sad experience of thousands of others.
- Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
- Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
- Clark, Rufus Wheelwright, "Heroes of Albany; A memorial of the Patriot-martyrs of the City and County", 1867
- 1850 US Census, Knox, Albany Co, NY
- 1860 US Census, Rensselaerville, Albany Co, NY