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James Frank Adams
Born (1844-08-26)August 26, 1844
Died March 12, 1922(1922-03-12) (aged 77)
Place of birth Cabell County, West Virginia
Place of burial Oaklawn Memorial Park Barboursville, West Virginia
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 - 1865
Rank Confederate States of America Corporal-Cavalry.jpg Corporal
Unit West Virginia 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Armymoh.jpg Medal of Honor

James Frank Adams (August 26, 1844 – March 12, 1922) was a Union Army soldier in the American Civil War who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.

Adams was born in Cabell County, West Virginia. While a Private in Company D of the 1st West Virginia Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, he captured the flag of the 14th Virginia Cavalry during an engagement on November 12, 1864, at Nineveh, Virginia. His Medal of Honor was issued two weeks later, on November 26.[1] Another 1st West Virginia Cavalry soldier, Sergeant Levi Shoemaker, also received the medal for capturing a Confederate flag during the skirmish.[2]

He died at age 77 and was buried at Oaklawn Memorial Park in Barboursville, West Virginia.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization: Private, Company D, 1st West Virginia Cavalry. Place and date: At Nineveh, Va., November 12, 1864. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Cabell County, Va. Date of issue: November 26, 1864.


Capture of State flag of 14th Virginia Cavalry (C.S.A.)[1]

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