ADAMS, WILLIAM DORSEY (1845~1927) William Dorsey Adams, Confederate veteran, was born July 16, 1845, in Columbus, Georgia. On March 4, 1862, Adams enlisted in the Confederate Army in Preston, Webster County, Georgia. He was a private in Company F of the 46th Georgia Infantry. In 1862, Adams and the 46th served along the Georgia coast and near Charleston, until they were sent to Mississippi. The regiment took part in the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge and also participated in the Atlanta and Tennessee campaigns. On October 19, 1864, Adams took ill and appears to have avoided being taken as a prisoner of war, when General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his troops on April 26, 1865.
After the War, Adams immigrated to Texas in 1881, and settled in Kaufman County, where on August 3, 1891, he married his wife, Miss Olivia Dozier. Adams worked as farmer and a janitor at the First Baptist Church in Terrell.
Complaining of bad health and having difficulty working, Adams applied for, and received, a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas in 1916. After further deterioration, he and his wife moved into the Confederate Men's Home on September 26, 1921. Adams died on January 29, 1927, and was buried that same day. After his death, Olivia, was moved into the Confederate Women's Home, where she passed away on January 6, 1932. She was laid to rest next to her husband in the Texas State Cemetery.
Information taken from: Confederate Military History, Extended Edition. Vol. 7: Georgia. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot, 1987. E484C65.1987v7. See pp. 121-22, Compiled Military Service Record, Soldier's Application for a Pension # 32953, Confederate Home Roster, Death Certificate # 3556, and Death Certificate # 4345.