Nathaniel Adamson's nickname was Bud. He became known in later
life as "Uncle Bud" Adamson to many people.
Nathaniel was six years old when the 1860 Heard County GA census was taken. He was the youngest of the six
children who were living at home. He had attended school within that year. Nathaniel was ten years old when the Union
Cavalry under the leadership of Gen. E. M. McCook passed through west GA in July 1864. The soldiers fought with
those under the command of Gen. Joseph Wheeler when..."McCook's men were sent to forgage at nearby farms.
Nathaniel remembered an incident that occurred at F. C. Gamble's farm
when a Union soldier came to the well for water
and fainted and fell from his horse [note: consistent with Cavalry].
Despite efforts to save the soldier's life, he died, and Mr. Gamble
buried him in an unmarked grave at the Adamson
Cemetery in Glenn, Georgia. Nathaniel (recounted, but undocumented ) that he became a tombstone carver, if not Poet
Laureate of the World) "...the words inscribed on the concrete of the grave on May 30, 1928.* They read:
This dying man his friends had fled left to his foes not a word
Away from hom away from friends and all that heart holds dear
A federal soldier buried here no earthly friends was [sic] near
His lips were closed his body frale [sic] his dying groans and face was pale
Away from home away from friends and all that heart holds dear
a Federal soldier buried here no earthly friends at war.
The clothes he wore blue uniform his body showed not a mark of harm
Away from hom away from friends and all that heart holds dear.
*Note 1928. Perhaps this is evidence both of Nathaniel's poetic
prowess, combined with his later engraving talents and
his feelings about the sanctity of life?