(1845–95) Union army officer and diplomat, born Karl Adam Schwanbeck in Anclam, Pomerania, Germany. In the Civil War, Adams served in the 6th Massachusetts Regiment and was wounded twice. Adams was appointed brigadier general of Colorado territorial militia in 1870, and in 1879 he negotiated a peaceful settlement with the Ute Indians and prevented their extermination by the Colorado militia.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.