Fleming W. Adams was the son of John Lynch Adams (1779-1849) and his wife Martha Walden (1786-1875). He was born in Bedford, Virginia. He attended the University of Virginia in session 27 (1850-1851) and studied law. He afterward moved to Harrison County, Mississippi, where he practiced law.
When the Civil War broke out, Fleming Adams became the captain of Company E of the 20th Mississippi Infantry Regiment (the Adams Rifles) on 20 May, 1861. He became the Colonel of the 38th Mississippi Regiment in March 1862. He was commanding the unit at the battle of Iuka (Mississippi) which occurred on 19 Sep. 1862. Col. Adams resigned 24 Sep. 1862 due to injuries received at Iuka.
Adams retired after the war to Brenham, Texas, where he practiced as a lawyer. He never married. He died in Brenham in 1871, and is buried in the Masonic Cemetery there.
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- Tombstone of Fleming W. Adams, Brenham Masonic Cemetery, Brenham, TX.