Adam Damm

 

Adam Damm

Adam was 10 years old when his family came to Texas from Hessen. Orphaned within two years, he was taken in by a German immigrant tailor named Henry Phal.

Adam became a baker, but when war broke out he joined the 4th Texas in May of 1861 at its original organization in Walker County. Like so many others, Adam doubtless suffered from the hard soldier's life, and died of disease in a Richmond hospital in April of 1862.

In November of 1861 Adam wrote a letter to his brother John back in Texas. Below is the text of the letter; click here to see a scanned image.


Bright banner of freedom with pride I unfold thee;
Fair flag of my country, with love I behold thee
Gleaming above us in freshness and youth;
Emblem of liberty, symbol of truth;
For the flag of my country in triumph shall wave
O'er the Southerner's home and the Southerner's grave.

Confederate States of America
Richmond, Va., Nov. 6th, 1861

Dear Brother,

I hope you have Received my Letter of the 25th day of September. I have not Rec. any answer yet and do not know if you have recieved the $40 Dollars I send you in the same or not. We will leave here tomorrow, where to we do not know. We will go from here to Manassa. From there we will Either go to Fairfax Courthouse or join the first and second Texas Regiment on the Potomac River. The Latest fight our Army had was near Leesburg on the Potomac. It is said we would have another Fight before long at Fairfax Courthouse. Our Boys all seem to be glad to get away from here for everything is selling so high that they can hardly afford to pay for it. Dry Goods are selling at least three hundred per cent higher than in Texas at the time we left there. Some of our boys are in the hospital here. Frank and myself are in tolerable good Health now. We have lost another man out of our company since we arrived here. His name is Patric Rogers from Montgomery County. Tom Barnes is very, but not Dangerously, Sick with the thyfoid Fever. We had Election here today for President an other officers. Colonel Hood of Texas is our Colonel of the 4th Reg. and Wigfall of Tex. our Brigadier General. Tom. M. Owen was promoted as Comissary for our Regiment. R. H. Bassette of Anderson is promoted as Colonel Adjutand.
This is all the news I can favor you with at the present but one individual I liked to forgot: Mr. W. H. Lawrence who has deserted us since we Arrived here. He has not been heard of since he left.

give my best Respects to all,
your Brother,
Adam Damm

you will please Address your letters to
A. Damm
Richmond Va
Care of Capt. P. P. Porter
4th Reg. Tex Volunteers

P.S. Dear Brother, you wrote to me about Tom Willey about me owing him some Money. I do not think that I owe him a single cent. He sent me his Account for $81.30 and charged me for things that I paid him the cash for.
I send you by the within a note on S. G. McDonald. You will please tell Steveson to Collect or make him renew the note.


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