From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Adams '68

Date of birth: 1849

Date of death: January 24, 1870

Age: ~20

Lucky Bag

The Lucky Bag was first published in 1894.

Naval Academy Register

George Kossuth Adams was admitted to the Naval Academy from Albany, New York on August 1, 1864 at age 15 years 9 months.


George was lost on January 24, 1870 when USS Oneida was sunk following a collision with a British merchant steamer while departing Yokohama harbor, Japan. One hundred twenty-four other officers and men were also lost.

A detailed account of the event is available here.


From the Naval History and Heritage Command:

Midshipman, 1 August, 1864. Graduated 2 June, 1868. Lost on board Oneida, 24 January, 1870.


From the Marysville Daily Appeal, 24 March 1870, via the records of the US Naval Academy Alumni Association:

The Officers of the Oneida. Below we give sketches of some of the officers who perished in the ill-fated Oneida:

MIDSHIPMAN G. K. ADAMS was a resident of Albany, N. Y., occupied a fine position in his class, and was esteemed by all who knew him. The other officers who lost their lives were highly valued in the navy, and were selected by the department for the East India service because of their peculiar fitness in latitudes most dangerous to the mariner.

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Edward Williams '53, William Stewart '61, John Phelan '66, Charles Brown '67, James Cowie '67, Charles Copp '68, James Hull '68, William Uhler '68, and George Bower '68 were also lost aboard Oneida.

Class of 1868

George is one of 11 members of the Class of 1868 on Virtual Memorial Hall.