1. State your full name and present Post Office address
Answer: J. M. Adams, Kinton, Tennessee Rout 6
2. State your age now
Answer: 77 year old
3. In what State and county were you born?
Answer: Dyar Co., state Tennessee
4. In what State and county were you living when you enlisted in the service of the Confederacy, or of the Federal Government?
Answer: Dyear county stat of Tennessee
5. What was your occupation before the war?
6. What was the occupation of your father?
7. If you owned land or other property at the opening of the war, state what kind of property you owned, and state the value of your property as near as you can
Answer: not iny thing
8. Did you or your parents own slaves? If so, how many?
Answer: Parents own 1
9. If your parents owned land, state about how many acres
Answer: 197 acres
10. State as near as you can the value of all the property owned by your parents, including land, when the war opened
Answer: about five thousend dollers
11. What kind of house did your parents occupy? State whether it was a log house or frame house or built of other materials, and state the number of rooms it had
Answer: log house wether boarded and seald containg 6 rooms
12. As a boy and young man, state what kind of work you did. If you worked on a farm, state to what extent you plowed, worked with a hoe, and did other kinds of similar work (Certain historians claim that white men wouldn't do work of this sort before the war.)
Answer: howing plowing eny kind of work cam to hand
13. State clearly what kind of work you father did, and what the duties of your mother were. State all the kinds of work done in the house as well as you can remember -- that is, cooking, spinning, weaving, etc.
Answer: father a farmer mother cooking sweeping spining weving all kind of house work
14. Did your parents keep any servants? If so, how many?
15. How was honest toil -- as plowing, hauling and other sorts of honest work of this class -- regarded in your community? Was such work considered respectable and honorable?
Answer: yes it was
16. Did the white men in your community generally engage in such work?
17. To what extent were there white men in your community leading lives of idleness and having other do their work for them?
Answer: not eny
18. Did the men who owned slaves mingle freely with those who did not own slaves, or did slaveholders in any way show by their actions that they felt themselves better than respectable, honorable men who did not own slaves?
Answer: the men migle (mingle) freely, the slave holders they did not
19. At the churches, at the schools, at public gatherings in general, did slaveholders and non-slaveholders mingle on a footing of equality?:
Answer: yes they did
20. Was there a friendly feeling between slaveholders and non-slaveholders in your community, or were they antagonistic to each other?
Answer: all naberd and worked to ge ther
21. In a political contest in which one candidate owned slaves and the other did not, did the fact that one candidate owned slaves help him in winning the contest?:
Answer: thire was not eny candidate of slave holders in my country
22. Were the opportunities good in your community for a poor young man -- honest and industrious -- to save up enough to buy a small farm or go in business for himself?
Answer: yes very good
23. Were poor, honest, industrious young men, who were ambitious to make something of themselves, encouraged or discouraged by slaveholders?
Answer: there were encouraged
24. What kind of school or schools did you attend?
Answer: a subscription school
25. About how long did you go to school altogether?
Answer: about 6 mounts in a year
26. How far was it to the nearest school?
Answer: 1 1/2 miles
27. What school or schools were in operation in your neighborhood?
Answer: Miler Chapel
28. Was the school in you community private or public?
Answer: Burit (?) school
29. About how many months in the year did it run?
Answer: 10 monts in the year
30. Did the boys and girls in your community attend school pretty regularly?
Answer: whin not bisie they was regularly
31. Was the teacher of the school you attended a man or a woman?
Answer: men and women
32. In what year and month and at what place did you enlist the Confederate or of the Federal Government?
Answer: year 1863 in dyer county
33. State the name of your regiment, and state the names of as many members of your company as you remember
Answer: 15th Tennessee Regiment Co. F - Don Wells, George Wells, Andu Whitson, Pvt. More, Lt. Gr fey, Bill Mosby, --iat Willson, Jsh. Whitson, John Bealhouse, Wilce Fra---, Jeff More, Da----More, Henry Hodg, Francis Hodg, Will King, Herb King, Bill Fillaups, Will Turpin, Bill Bruce, Bob Johnson, Jake (John?) Brooks, Van Bibbs, John Redick, Amas Reed, Dick Doud.
34. After enlistment, where was your company sent first?
Answer: all ovr the country getharing up solgers
35. How long after your enlistment before your company engaged in battle?
Answer: about 5 monts at esternalie (?)
36. What was the first battle you engaged in?
Answer: at esternalie
37. State in your own way your experience in the war from this time on until the close. State where you went after the first battle -- what you did, what other battles you engaged in, how long they lasted, what the results were; state how you lived in camp, how you were clothed, how you slept, what you had to eat, how you exposed to cold, hunger and disease. If you were in the hospital or in prison, state your experience here
Answer: on the road to missippi had a fight at Whitewell (?) and at wolf station not long results furty rough for a month rugh a gin sum was closed (clothed?) very good and sum was very bad and ------ purty bad it was vary cold wuther my eting was vary good at this time
38. When and where were you discharged?
Answer: wasint discharged
39. Tell something of your trip home:
Answer: rugh and cold wether got hongry at times
40. What kind of work did you take up when you came back home?
Answer: help my dadie farm
41. Give a sketch of your life since the close of the Civil War, stating what kind of business you have engaged in, where you have lived, your church relations, etc. If you have held an office or offices state what it was. You may state here any other facts connected with your life and experience which has not been brought out in the questions
Answer: farmin evur since the war in dyer county and Gibson
42. Give the full name of your father: George Washing (ton?) Adams born ______________ at Franklin in the county of William Co. state of Tennessee. He lived at franklin.
Give also any particulars concerning him, as official position, war services, etc.; books written by, etc.
43. Maiden name in full of your mother: Jane Arms; She was the daughter of ________ (full name) __________ and his wife ___________ (full name) ____________; who lived at ________________.
44. Remarks on ancestry. Give here any and all facts possible in reference to your parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc., not included in the foregoing, as where they lived, office held, Revolutionary or other war services; what country the family came from to America; where first settled, county and state; always giving full names (if possible) and never referring to an ancestor simply as such without giving the name. It is desirable to include every fact possible and to that end the full and exact record from old Bibles should be appended on separate sheets of this size, thus preserving the facts from loss
Answer: no record of my grand parents
45. Give the name of all the members of your Company you can remember: (If you know where the Roster is to be had, please make special note of this.)
46. Give here the NAME and POST OFFICE ADDRESS of living Veterans of the Civil War, whether members of your company or not.
(The following is written on separate pages) After the Battle of Esternolia (see Q. 35 and 36 for spellings) and we went to Whitevill the second day and had a battle - the battle of our captured 36 presners and left 5 ded on the feilld - lost 5 men - 1 kill and 4 wounded - captured 4 lods crackers and bacon then one march on to Woolf Station - theay farde on us once from the Brest works and then theay run and went on to Miss. - camp in Miss. one month and 1/2 and we went from ther to West point had a battle that lasted 12 hours - general Jef foerst (Jeff Forrest) then we left thir and went to yassou sity (Yazoo City) and left ehir and went to Tenn and some of us went fort Pilar (Pillow?), Ky. memphis then we went to Boliver (Bolivar, Tenn.) and had a battle then we went back to Tupelo Miss and had a battle thir at Byce (Bryce? Bice?) Crossing captured 2,000 negros and four or five white men and then we had a battle Tupelo it lasted 12 hour and we lost about 100 men and theay lost nearly that meny and we went to harican creek (Hurricane) and we fought 15 days and nights - theay run us back to oxford then we stayed thir one night then we stayed on day thir and that night we started to memphis and we traveled 2 days and 3 nights and we got to memphis about daylight we went in town and to fall back we brought 760 prisners and 700 head of horses and then we went back acrost a lyk___al(?) river - then we went to West point Miss and come to Tenn then we come back to musels soles (Mussels Shoals) and met Hoods army thir and detailed J.P. Thurmond as lieutenant to com back west Tenn to pick up all lost soilders and had 15 men when we started back together thin up and had a ruff trip comin home whin we got home we stayed in Tenn and Kentucky 1865 untill the war ended could not git back to the army on the coun of being cutt off from thim and we rambled untill we met the soilders comin home and that is the reason that i didint git eny discharge.
J. M. Adams, Kenton, Tenn.