Fifth Sgt. SERGT. George W. Adams Co. B. 22 INF CONN. VOLS. Died Apr. 22, 1916 AE. 89

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Fifth Sgt. George W. Adams was born about 1827 and died April 21, 1916. See F.A.G. Link. He is a civil war veteran of the 22nd Regiment Infantry Conn Vols Co. B.  His National Park Service record shows his rank as a 5th Sgt. Has anyone ever heard of that rank? We need help finding his enlistment date and muster out date; also finding his genealogy and connecting him to the wiki family. I have added photos I took of his gravestone and his wife’s gravestone which is next to his.

Note: His F.AG. Lists the dates of enlistment and muster out but would like to get another source for his civil war service 

Interesting Ebenezer Goodale Adams (abt. 1832 - 1898) served with him in the same company. Are they related?

Thank you

WikiTree profile: George Adams
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I see no one has addressed this "Fifth" sergeant thing. I have never heard of it. The fifth rank is Sergeant. As in E-5 is a Sergeant. E-6 is Staff Sergeant, E-7 is Sergeant First Class, E-8 is First Sergeant or Master Sergeant. There is also a Sergeant Major which may be E-9, funny that I don't know this. I believe a Command Sergeant Major is the same as a Sergeant Major, but they have a command.

So, I think your ancestor was a "Sergeant." He also only served 1 year. Even in war time, it is hard to traverse so many ranks!
That is interesting! I never would of guessed that as I never heard it worded like that before lol
The E-5, E-6 is the paygrade. We used to call each other "E-4" or "E-5." E-4 can be a Corporal or a Specialist. It depends on the occupational specialty. I think Corporals are mainly for the Infantry and there is some degree of responsibility for lower pay grades. Specialists were just higher rank and they were called Spec 4, Spec 5 (I think they went up to 8, but I am not sure and only ever knew a Spec 4).

Thank you

I was able to ad a funeral citation source for this veteran smiley

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Source: Ingersoll, Colin M., Connecticut. Adjutant-General's Office; Catalogue of Connecticut volunteer organizations : (infantry, cavalry, and artillery,) in the service of the United States, 1861-1865, with additional enlistments, casualties, &c., &c., and brief summaries, showing the operations and service of the several regiments and batteries, Brown & Gross, Hartford, CT, 1869  p. 773

22 Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Co. B Infantry
: Sergeant George W. Adams:  Residence Wethersfield
: Mustered in August 21, 1862
: Honorably discharged July 7, 1863
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (763k points)
selected by Andrew Simpier
Thank you Chris this helps get his profile started in the right direction
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Source: "United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 March 2018), George W Adams, 1891.  IMAGE:

United States General Index to Pension Files
: George W Adams
: Service B 22 Conn Inf
: Feb. 6, 1891  Class Invalid
: Benficiary Caroline E. Adams
: May 10, 1916  Class Widow

Source: "United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 August 2019), George W Adams, 1907-1933; citing NARA microfilm publication M850 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,634,044.   IMAG:

United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards
: George W Adams
: Service Sgt B 22 Conn Inf
: Death  21 Apr 1916
: Beneficiary Caroline E Adams  11A Rector St., East Hartford, CT

Source: "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 29 July 2017), Geo W Adams, Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut, United States; citing enumeration district ED 40, sheet 285C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,099.

United States Census, 1880  Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut  Carpenter
:  Geo W Adams         Self     Male        53   Connecticut, United States
: Caroline E Adams    Wife   Female    46   Connecticut, United States
: Chas S Adams           Son    Male        14  Connecticut, United States
: Bertha M Adams     Dau     Female   10  Connecticut, United States
: May Adams              Dau     Female    7    Connecticut, United States
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (763k points)
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Perhaps he was Sergent of the fifth Company of the regiment he was him.Just conjecture.Regiment has 4 COMPANY.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (917k points)

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